Office 2003 Outlook .PST files from old system.

Posted on 2006-04-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I've been given .pst files from an old system to move to a new one.  The files are:

archive.pst <--what i believe was an export of the old outlook info.
personal folder.pst

I imported the archive.pst file and it seems information was being extracted.  Progress bar appeared.  However only a few old emails appeared.  

I put the above files in the \local settings\application data\microsoft\outlook folder but outlook isn't using them.  What am I doing wrong??

Question by:CraigSNYC
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    Assisted Solution

    go into control panel  MAIL, then ADD the .pst files that you want to use
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    Assisted Solution

    In Outlook 2003
    You need to attach each of the PST files: Outlook - Tools - E-mail accounts - View or change existing e-mail account  (next) - New Outlook Data file - choose type (OK) - Create or open outlook data file appear: browse to appropriate location + select file + click ok.


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    have tried opening the file by going to file - open - open outlook data file ???
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    Expert Comment

    Herman nailed this one.  Thats the easiest to do.  Look at the size of the pst file.  There may not be much info each.
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    Looking at the number and names of the different .pst files, I would have to assume you want to import the "old' files into a new "up and running" installation of Outlook.

    Attaching them individually using FILE - OPEN and manully copying them to the new data store always seems to yield fewer problems than trying to import them.

    Two other things to be aware of;
    1) If the .pst were moved over portable media, make sure they are not marked as "read-only".

    2) If the new installation is Outlook 2003 and "old data' came from earlier versions, they will in the "old format". In this case, I would DEFINITLY move all data out of this format into the new format and discard ALL old .pst files.
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    cool. thankyou!

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