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Hi all, my PC is old and dead, motherboard is gone. I do not want to fix it. My problem is this i have all my emails and address and al other data on it and i want to put it on my new PC. I have a usb external caddie so my plan is just to take the old drive out out it into the caddie and cut and paste all my docs ad files over. The problem is outlook. I know with OE i just copy and paste the DBX files for the emails but what about Outlook emails, address and accounts. How do i restore them from my old drive to my new PC without being able to get in to the original OS they where created in. Thanks Paul from London.
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war1 earned 1000 total points
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Greetings, paultherberet !

With Outlook emails and address book, the data is stored in a PST file. Search for *.pst file and copy to the new hard drive.  Then you can import the data using Outlook Import Wizard.  The accounts data is stored in registry, so you will have to recreate them.

PST file is located in drive:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook folder. It is a hidden file. Open Windows Explorer folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.

Best wishes!
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Found pst files but the import/export feature in outlook dose not have an option to browse for the files. I opend up outlook went to file then import export but dose not help me much
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Have just tried to copy and paste them straight into the outlook folder on my new pc and hey presto it worked. You dont know of any way of retrieving the accunts.
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paultherberet,

The accounts are stored in registry.  Since you do not have access to registry, you cannot restore the accounts.
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Boo Hoo, thanx anyway, your points r on thier way.
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