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Trying to open Outlook 2000 PST in Outlook 2003

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I had someone using Outlook 2000 reach the magic number (2GB PST) I up graded to Office 2003 Pro but now I can not use his PST from 2000. I have tried changing locations, that does not work. I tried to fix with SCANPST and it locks up. It says not compatable with this version. and another PST says has errors fix with SCANPST, again it locks up. I have 2 PST's I need to open and recover. Please help??
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Dave McGurimanSenior Sysadmin
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Greetings jmo7014 !

Outlook should be able to run 97-2002 formated PST.  But no Outlook can run a full PST. You need to remove some emails to open it. Run PST2GB to repair a 2GB Outlook Personal Folder, as dmcuriman suggested.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=B33B1DFF-6F50-411D-BBDF-82019DDA602E&displaylang=en


Hope this helps, war1

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I have tried that. I am also having a problem with the SCANPST tool. it locks up when I push start. I used the 2GB tool and it worked just fine. but I can not SCANPST it. Any thoughts on a free tool that does the job? Also, Any thoughts on how to open a Outlook 2000 PST in Outlook 2003?
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Outlook 2000 pst file should open in Outlook 2003. OL2003 can open bother versions of PST.  

Make sure PST file is not write protected.  Then run ScanPST again.  

ScanPST is the only free tool.  Outlook Recovery Toolbox has a free trial and is a good tool for fixing corrupted PST file.
http://www.oemailrecovery.com/outlook-recovery.html

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OK at your advice (war1) I downloaded and bought outlook recovery toolbox. It is right now doing it's thing but it took 2 hours for the first part of the scan and it has been 3 hours and is now at 40%. However it seems to be workinig. But after the Outlook 2000 PST has been "fixed" Than what?  I still am faced with the problem of opening and/or using that PST in Outlook 2003. I goto File-Open-Outlook Data File and I have tried to open other Outlook 2000 files and I get the not compatable with current version thing. I have read the Microsoft link stuff.
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Not sure why PST will not open in Outlook 2003.  Try importing the emails from the Outlook 2000 PST.  Go to File > Import and follow the prompts.

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Again I used that tool recommended and it recovered come things but not all of it although it says that it can see all of it or at least more that it gave me to work with. I did get 2003 to reed the repaired PST in a limited form. About half of the email folders and none of the contacts were saved. so over all this sort of was a bust. I still have the OG file to work from whitch stands at about 1.95GB. Would taking that file and putting it on a stronger computer with 2003 or even outlook 2007 work?
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before I read your advice, I brought the file to my computer that is much faster. I also used this software
http://www.oemailrecovery.com/outlook-recovery.html and saved them as indviduel files and emported them into Outlook 2003. It saves them as .EML files. All this time I needed a faster computer. Speed Kills.

Thanks.
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jmo7014, glad you found a solution. Thanks for the points.
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