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Outlook now seems to be missing personal folders I stored

The computer workstation of a client of mine was corrupted and the only info that could be saved was the documents that he had stored on an external drive, which was just his docs.  They use exchange server 2007 there, and he was able to retrieve all his email, however, he had setup personal folders in his outlook email.  Am I correct in believing that these emails would have been saved on the local machine, and not the server?
If not, where might that info be stored?  They are running SBS 2008
Daniel Fishkin
Daniel Fishkin
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By default Outlook saves the PST file under "C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.

If there is any chance is was on the server you need to start searching the server for *.PST files on the shares that the user had write access to.

Sounds like they will be gone on the old setup but for the future.

How to change the default location that Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2002 uses to create or to open a personal folders (.pst) file
Personal folders are always .pst files and by default are saved on the workstation in local settings of the user profile.
You can try to recover the .pst file by taking the old harddrive and attaching it to another machine and, unless the harddrive is defective, be able to read the contents of that folder and copy the file over to another location and import it back into outlook. Make sure when you search the drive that you enable search hidden folders.
I hope this helps.

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