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How to recover Ms-outlook archive files after a system restore...

Configuration: PC using Win XP Pro in a Win2003 server environment...
Outlook files saved locally on PC
Outlook archives folder had many subfolders with critical emails stored.
Problem: Virus & malware related issue forced a system restore and end-user did not have any archived done of the outlook files.

Is there a way to recover the archive folder structure. No "pst" files seems to be available on the Hard drive.
- End user has no access to the exchange server.
Any hints would be appreciated.

thanks.
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Nyko333
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jbizzle979Commented:
You should be able to reverse the restore, and get back to the settings before the restore occurred.
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theras2000Commented:
This is where it would store by default %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
But perhaps the problem is just that you're hiding hidden/system files in your folder view.
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din101Commented:
yes system restore wouldn't make any changes to the archive folder. Have a look at the location  as theras2000 suggested or do a search for pst files and try and open each
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Nyko333Author Commented:
I have restored the system to a date that I am sure it was working perfectly fine and there's still no trace of any archives or PST files. I looked first in the "local settings" ...."outlook" and there were no PST nor archive files. I find this very odd! virus? malware?
Any hints?
Thanks.
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theras2000Commented:
Are you sure the files were saved locally (i.e. in .pst format)?  If this was an Exchange account, the default storage file is a .ost.  In fact, do you see any big files in that folder I mentioned?
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Nyko333Author Commented:
No, There are no big files. The biggest file is :100 Kb  
Thanks
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Nyko333Author Commented:
I used a fille recovery software and was able to retrieve three PST files with 3, 5, 7 Mb size. However, when I opened/restored them under Outlook, they were all empty!!! I found it quite odd that they show 5 or 7Mb and not having any data at all. Am I missing something here?
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theras2000Commented:
That sounds strange.  It may mean that portions of the recovered files are missing, hence Outlook just can't read any info out of them.  Could also be that you're not sure what kind of items are stored e.g. calendar items.
In your folder bar on the left, right-click on the new data file (of the 5/7MB pst) and go to Properties, Folder Size.  This shows you the size of all the subfolders.
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Nyko333Author Commented:
There are no sub folders in these folder..
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Nyko333Author Commented:
Are there any other possibilities to recover these archives...Any specialized software to do the trick?
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