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Do I need to create a PST to backup Outlook emails?

Posted on 2009-07-09
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This is a very basic question but I can't seem to find the answer anywhere.

If I want to backup my emails in Outlook (emails, folders, etc), is it sufficient to backup the folder called:
LocalSettings/ApplicationData/Microsoft/Outloook/Outlook

Or do I need to create a new PST each time I want to backup?

Creating a PST is so time-consuming (I have a very large number of saved emails) and so when I noticed that large existing folder called "Outlook", I wondered if that would be sufficient?

Thanks for any help you can offer.
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If you want to backup your emails, ll you need to do is backup the .pst file. You can also export it out and save it in a different location if you want to.
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Thank you MYCU.

One more clarification - Is the Outlook PST (the file that exists automatically in the Outlook folder) file always current?

In other words, if I backup the existing Outlook PST, will everything be up to date?  Or do I have to create and export a new PST (under File -> Export) to ensure that everything is up to date?
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Everything is up to date. You should be able to go to its properties of the pst file to get this information. But, if you backed it up now and then received new messages, you would have to back it up again in order to include those new messages.
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Thanks for your help - I appreciate it!
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No problems. Glad to help :)
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