Search does not find outlook.pst

Posted on 2007-08-02
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
Search does not find outlook.pst in C:Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\\Outlook.pst.  I can see the file on the pathe above, but search does not.  Search does'nt even see an Outlook folder in C drive.  Changed folder to see hidden files.  Please advise.

Question by:jstaron
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    Accepted Solution

    Greetings jstaron !

    You need to select hidden files when you do Windows search.

    From past experience, sometimes Windows search does not fine a file.  So I give a path to the file.

    But you are able to fiind PST file and do what you want with it.

    Best wishes, war1
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    Assisted Solution

    Some of the few reasons I like DOS still better than windows. Try dropping to a Dos shell and from a C:\ prompt try

    dir /a/s/p *.pst or dir /a/s/p *.ost
    That will search all files and directories on the current drive for .PST or .OST and will pause with more than a page of results. It doesn't rely on Windows Caching either so usually does better results for me.
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    Assisted Solution

    Directory here:
    "C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook"
    Folder Local Settings is hidden so you need to enable to see hidden files and folders
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    Assisted Solution

    Oops, sorry, please disregard my previous post

    Author Comment

    If you read the info shown during "search" you will see that search does not show hidden files [even if show hidden files is selected under view] in system folders.

    So I answered my own question, but can't give myself 500 points.

    Thanks for your suggestions!
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    Expert Comment


    Windows Search does show hidden files.  I have found hidden files.  But sometimes misses some.

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