I deleted the mail account of my exchange server from my outlook  2003

Posted on 2006-05-06
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I accidently deleted  the mail account of my exchange server from my outlook  2003 and unfortunately the exchange server I was connecting to is no longer there but I had lot's of important emails which I had completly downloaded from that that server and I had ofline access to them. Is there any way of getting those emails back ?
Question by:kamal73
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Greetings, kamal73 !

Do a search for *.OST and *.OST files, and see if the emails are there.  The files are located in C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook folder. They are hidden. Go to any folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.

Best wishes!

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The file is 63 MB so I am hope full that it is my mail file but when I try to open it with outlook.exe it attaches itself to a new message as an attachment instead of opening it. What am I doing wrong here ?
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If you can open the OST file in off-line mode, you can then create a PST and simply copy the contents of the OST over to the PST. The trick here is opening the OST at all, since it is typically tied to a specific profile or Exchange Server account settings. If that account is not available, then you may not be able to open the OST.

there is an (expensive) program called Exchange Recovery 2.0 that claims to handle the new 2003 file formats

Reference: http://ask-leo.com/how_can_i_convert_a_ost_from_outlook_2003_to_a_pst_file.html

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