how can I copy Outlook data on desktop to laptop without overwritting what's already there?

Posted on 2007-11-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I've a desktop pc & a laptop both running XP Pro (sp2).

I started using MS Office 2000 SR-1 on both & then realised that I still needed to have the info from the desktop at my fingertips when using the laptop so I want to export the contacts & messagesfrom the desktop pc & import them to the laptop but WITHOUT overwritting what's already on the laptop.  

In Outlook on the desktop pc I've created a copy of the contacts but when I try to run the Export to file wizard it asks for the MS Office 2000 CD & when I put it in it still says it cannot complete the task.

I've tried various different programs (backRex; ABFBackup amongst others) but they all seem to prompt me to overwrite the existing info which I clearly don't want to do.  

Please can anyone help?

Question by:jtkpenguin
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Jtk -
I would suggest that you 'copy' the .pst file from the desktop - instead of importing it.

Just change the name of it from username.pst to desktop.pst when you do your 'save as'.

Are you familar with configuring additional .pst (data) files in Outlook?

Post back when you can.


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ID: 20311914
Vic,  thanks for your swift reply,

If you mean copy the outlook.pst file on the desktop pc & rename it desktop.pst I can do that ok, then copy it to the same file location on the laptop? So that I then have the two .pst files in the same place on the laptop?

I have a reasonable knowledge but, as you can probably tell, I'm not that familiar with configuring additional .pst fiels in outlook so I'm  going to need a step-by-step guide if poss pls?

Many thanks for your help, I really appreciate it.

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This is right from MS and I've used it before:


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Thanks Vic,
Just to clarify & make absolutely sure before I go ahead & do this, once I've done it I will end up with two .pst files in Outlook on my laptop? & they will each have their own contacts & messages ?

sorry for being so dense but I need to make absolutely sure before I do it....

thanks again,
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No Problem.
That is exactly what you will have.
You will have the ability to 'name' each one - which will be reflected in your Mail Folder name.

I have been using that same technique for years, and got really creative in my naming convention.

All of my old stuff resides in the "Old" pst and my new stuff is in "Current" pst.


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that's great, thanks for your help, I've done it now & it's worked !

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