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Outlook 2000 - Saving my contact list from a corrupt outlook.pst file

My PST stopped working.  I needed to recover it so I used scanpst and Pst2gb.exe to repair the file.  I got it up and running, cleared out about 800MB of and compacted folders to shrink the email file down to about 1.2GB.  Now my contact list in this new file is corrupted, no email addresses, the contacts are showing up blank.  What I want to do is somehow copy the contacts from my original PST (corrupt) file to my new PST file.  Is there a way to copy these contacts without opening it in Outlook?  
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upul007Commented:
You could re-try to recover the contents of the original pst but reduce only about 0.2gb off the overall size and recheck. Otherwise AFAIK its not possible.
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war1Commented:
Greetings, fenety !

Try using Easy Recovery Email Repair on the original corrupted PST file to recover the contacts list
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryemailrepair/

Best wishes!
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AndreDekoltaCommented:
Hello fenety!

I use EasyRecovery on a regular basis and have found it to be pretty reliable.  Another resource is http://www.stellarinfo.com/outlook-pst-file-recovery.htm and another is http://www.repair-outlook.com/

Andre...
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fenetyAuthor Commented:
will the trial of these programs do the trick, or do i need to buy this software.
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war1Commented:
I am not sure about the trial software whether it will recover the data.  If the data is iimportant to you, you may need to purchase the program to recovery the data.
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fenetyAuthor Commented:
I will try pst2gb.exe again first and trim less off the original.  If that doesnt work I will try these trials.
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fenetyAuthor Commented:
OK, i have recoved the outlook.pst file, but the contacts are all showing up blank without email addresses or names, is there any way to recover that?
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war1Commented:
Pst2gb.exe may be triming out more than emails. It may be corrupting the contacts list so that you cannot open the list.

If you can open the original PST file with Outlook, manually delete unneeded attachments and emails.  Then compact the folders.  This way, the contacts list will not be corrupted.
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upul007Commented:
You could also try using another email software like Outlook Express and see if you can import the contents of the pst. Though this needs for the corrupt pst file to be set up again within the users outlook folder as the default pst file. Then w'out opening Outlook, try and import the contents and settings in to outlook express or any other program. There is a slim chance that this may work.

On certain occassions I had found that by upgrading to Outlook 2003, the pst file could be opened with the data intact. Only on certain occassions though.
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war1Commented:
fenety, are you able to recover the contacts addresses?
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fenetyAuthor Commented:
I could not recover the contact from this pst file.  I found a old backup of this pst file and got most of the contacts from it.  I didnt try this trial software, I think I would of needed to purchase it to get full use out of it.  Some of these things you suggested maybe could of worked but I needed to find the quickest solution possible.  Thankyou.
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upul007Commented:
Glad that you were able to resolve your issue.
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