We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Hoist the colors! We’ve added location flags to usernames sitewide, so it's easier to connect with the global community on EE. View My Profile

x

sync .ost to .pst

timothyausten
on
2,692 Views
Last Modified: 2018-04-27
i have an old blackberry that i sync to a .pst folder via usb. i also have an old hotmail account (the only email account i have ever used) that i sync to an .ost folder. i am especially concerned with my contact lists, as they are getting more and more out of tandem. how can i sync the two folders?
Comment
Watch Question

Commented:
Please Elaborate
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Top Expert 2007

Commented:
Are you only worried about your contact list ?

You should be able to use the export options to export to a file and import. You may also be able to use another sync program to synch with Hotmail, or outlook, or perhaps to tell the BB desktop maanger to use outlook and your OST .

In any case backup all files beforehand and export all contacts to text files before trying.

Get the latest BB desktop manager SW from the RIM site

https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads/entry.do?code=A8BAA56554F96369AB93E4F3BB068C22

I hope this helps !

Author

Commented:
i do not use hotmail for any pim functions other than the address list. i use my blackberry for my calendar and memos. i have been checking out a variety of syncronizing applications, especially the kind that will sync one outlook folder to another. i found one corporate level solution that will do it, but it costs $500. i can import/export, but then i just have lots of duplicate records, so i need a real sync program.

the latest bb desktop manager supports yahoo, lotus, .csv, but not hotmail, so i am trying to find a workaround. most sync programs will synchronize a .pst file to a .pst file, but very few (except the expensive ones) will sync a .pst to a .ost. if anyone knows of a low-cost program that will do it, i am interested.

Author

Commented:
is there anybody out there who can help me?..............please........  :(
            *snif, snif*

     :'(

Commented:
Use Outlook Express to get the contacts from Hotmail: http://email.about.com/od/hotmailtips/qt/et072804.htm
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Top Expert 2007

Commented:
Also - I would do a one time sync, and then just use one or the other, since trying to keep them in sync in the future is going to be a pain.

Or use a third party program to store the data.


I hope this helps !
 

Author

Commented:
i currently synchronize outlook with hotmail every day. the synchronized hotmail information is stored in a .ost file, which is the same a regular .pst outlook file, but the data fields are mapped in order to be synchronous with hotmail data fields. so now i have two pim database files, an ordinary .pst outlook file and a special .ost outlook file hotmail information. i use the one for my blackberry info and the other for my hotmail info.

i have already explored a few third party software programs to synchronize the two, but they are either non-solutions or too expensive.
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Top Expert 2007
Commented:
This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION
I suggest stopping usage of OST, converting the OST into a PST, setting the PST as mail delivery location (OR copying contents out into new PST) then use the BB desktop manager (<v4.1 intellisync, v4.2 synchronize) to map out the PIM to hard sync to the newly-created PST. From there you can either manually merge the data from within outlook manually or you can sync between the two via blackberry using it as the catalyst so to speak. From my experience, OST's are typically not easy to work with and are generally used with traveling laptops.

Good luck & let us know.


~ CFJ

Author

Commented:
cfj-   that sounds more well informed than some of the other comments.  how can i get outlook to sync up with hotmail without using an ost? i am using outlook connector (an add-on by microsoft) which is the only option i know of for syncing outlook to hotmail.

outlook connector creates the ost, rather than the pst. this may be necessary because i have a free internet mail account (stmp), rather than pop3 or imap  -tim  :(




This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION

Author

Commented:
cfj-  hotmail syncs with the contacts in the ost/outlook and visa versa, so if i make a change in my local ost file, it shows up in on the hotmail server. hotmail is a stmp web email service that is designed to be accessed through a web browser, so none of my pim data is stored locally unless i use outlook connector. my goal is to get hotmail (the stmp server) to sync with my desktop machine, and my desktop machine to sync with my blackberry.
                                     hotmail <--> desktop <--> blackberry
since i have two databases on my desktop that i am trying to reconcile, i have to sync them in order to sync hotmail to my blackberry.
                                     hotmail <--> ost <--> pst <--> blackberry
as you can see the whole situation is getting silly.

Author

Commented:
hotmail only has my addresses, but my blackberry has addresses, calendar events, and notes.

Author

Commented:
i had an epiphany--stop using my (ost) hotmail address list completely but continue using hotmail. just let the hotmail ost descend into chaos and lovingly maintain my blackberry's pst folder on my desktop. every now and then if i want, i can delete the entire hotmail contact list and replace it with the one in my blackberry's pst file. that way i can still access the contact list if i am away from my desktop <i>and</i> my blackberry.

i had erroneously assumed that my hotmail email was hard-wired to my hotmail contacts, it is not true. i can use any contact database i want, which will no longer be the hotmail address list.
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Top Expert 2007

Commented:
That's pretty much what I thought I said.

Good luck !

Author

Commented:
sysexpert-  i thought you wanted me to switch away from hotmail completely. it is a real pain to get a new email address and then try to get all my friends to add it to their addresses. now i see that you just wanted me to stop using certain features of hotmail, like personal information managment, while continuing to use the actual email. ditching hotmail just sounded like giving on up finding a solution to my problem. i wasn't interested in hearing that at all. i'd love to switch to gmail. i'm not willingly loyal to hotmail and microsoft-i'm a slave.  :(

Gain unlimited access to on-demand training courses with an Experts Exchange subscription.

Get Access
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Empower Your Career
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE

Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Unlock the solution to this question.
Join our community and discover your potential

Experts Exchange is the only place where you can interact directly with leading experts in the technology field. Become a member today and access the collective knowledge of thousands of technology experts.

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

OR

Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.