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Made big-time mistake.  Had a user which I deleted from AD and Exchange 2003, then recreated the same user.  In turn, upon login to the domain, a new profile was created on the XP machine.  Copied the OST from the old profile to the new profile, then opened Outlook 2007 and got an error that the OST could not be opened because the user's name is incorrect.  How can I "convert" or "migrate" an OST file to a PST file so that I can import the user's email to new profile?   Many thanks for your help...I really messed this up.  
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Hi,

Don't think that program will work for Outlook 2007 (take a look here: http://www.slipstick.com/problems/ost2pst.asp

AFAIK there are no free programs to do this. Here are a couple that will work but they are a bit pricy:

http://www.nucleustechnologies.com/exchange-ost-recovery.html
http://www.recoveryfix.com/ost-conversion.html

If you don't mind sending the OST to a recovery service, this one may help and they price it according to the size of the OST file:

http://www.backyourdata.com/

Hope this helps,

-W
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Don't worry so much. I have different solution. If you have backup for Exchange DB

OST file is like a replica from Exchange servers. Mails still holds at Exchange server end.

Now you have recreated the profile so are facing this problem. Do one thing, restore the backup to a RSG and connect that odl mailbox to any other new ID.

Note: When you are create new ID don't create any mailbox.
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Once mailbox is connected. Open it from Outlook and export as PST. Later Merge the PST to a mailbox.

This solution only work if you have exchagne backup for old user mailbox

hope this helps
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There are a lot of tools that can convert OST to PST file. Below is a list of them:

http://www.datanumen.com/aexr/compare.htm

In the chart, ost2pst is free, all others are paid products. If ost2pst does not work, then you can choose the one works for your case with the minimum costs.
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You can mount the database in RSG.
Then run exmerge and create a PST.
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by:firojkhan
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ost file can not be attached to other profile as easiest you are thinking . if you have pst file of the old user or cna find some third part tool that can create ost to pst can help you;
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Thanks...backyourdata.com worked just fine and reasonable cost.  Thanks again for your help.
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