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2003, installing new HD, need to back up email

I need to know how to most efficiently back up my Outlook '03 to another attached HD so I can install a larger SATA drive.  I created another Admin acct already - I heard thats the best way to make a back up.Thank you, Mark88
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PUNKYCommented:
The emails are located in a pst file.  So search for *.PST and copy it to a CD.  PST file is usually located in C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook If the file is hidden, so have to unhide hidden files. Go to any folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Cleck "Show hidden files and folders".
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jmeyer17Commented:
Good answer PUNKY, here is a good link for you to follow.  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/287070.  
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r-kCommented:
You may want to backup this files also:

 C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.nk2

It contains the "auto-complete" information, i.e. when you start typing an address and it auto-completes the rest.

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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
MMmmk , will try that.  I think this CD-RW is shot.  Its not consistently reading my disks.  Im putting in a new one and trying again.  Please stady by.
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Always move the pst to the HD first and then to the cd or you will wait all day for the file to be directly copied to the cd
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jmeyer17Commented:
You spoke of it taking a long time to copy to CD.  Out of curiosity, what is the size of your PST?  Anything over 500MB is asking for problems.  You will see pst files go corrupt if they are over the 500MB point.
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r-kCommented:
Re. size of pst files and going bad, it may depend on the Outlook version. Outlook 2003 supports files of 20+ GB. I never tried anything that big, but several users have 3+ GB pst's with no problem so far. Some operations like backup and compression can become slow with very large pst files, and good idea to not have all that mail in one mail folder.
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