Win 7 search pst files

Posted on 2011-05-09
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Looking for a better system to search Win 7 pst files...

We run Exchange...in addition we also have pst files to store emails we need for reference etc...

Many of our engineers and project managers may have 10 to 50 pst files...available in Outlook 2007...many of them are large...over a gig is size...

In XP we ues Windows Search and can very effectively search thru the various pst files to find the emails we need...

Now with Win 7, it appears that Windows Search that we are used to is no longer available...Win 7 Search replaced it...

Trying to set Win 7 Search up to search the pst files...
Start >  search box  "index"...

It brings up the various index options....but the "Show All Locations" is grayed out and I cannot point to the folder that's storing the pst files...

And on the searching we do with Win 7 search...we would like something "better"...however one might define that...

Are there other desktop search engines...Google desktop etc...out there that might be a better choice...???

Deep searching and organizing Outlook searches is the only thing we need....
Question by:stevem5000
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Expert Comment

ID: 35723625
So if you bring up WIndows Explorer, the top right corner should have a fillable field that says Search Local Disk (C:) that disappears when you type over.

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ID: 35723649
Command Line (Comand Prompt)

cd \ (Takes you to the root of the drive C:\)

dir /s *.pst  (Displays the results as it applies to the current and all sub directories.

TEST by creating a dummy test.pst and run the command so you know wha to expect.

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Win7 desktop search can still search pst files.  You just have to set it up to do so.  I dont think it's enabled by default

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You can have a look to PSTStation Corporate (http://www.addonmail.com) that allows you to crawl your network and discover all PST files inside you workstation/laptop throw MAPI profile or on disk throw direct file scanning
Then you will have a map of all PST files on your network and can apply action to them like backup, monitor, ...
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by:Danny Child
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Unless I'm mistaken, the OP is asking for a tool to search WITHIN the PST files, not to find the file itself.  

As well as the link above from jcott28, the awesome Slipstick site has some search tools:

 - I'd have to also say that you may want to consider some kind of consolidation tool for your PST archives, as that many files sounds like a complete House of Pain waiting to happen... MS have moved away from them, and even say they're NOT supported across a network.  

We use Symantec Enterprise Vault for managing our mailboxes now, and it can even re-import back in old PST files to give final Single Instance storage, and mass search functionality.  

Author Comment

ID: 35728629
Looks like you found the "mother lode"...:>)...

You are correct, I am looking for a method to search within the pst files...
And I am probably going to try out all of these search engines over the next

I'll report back...

Many thanx for the link...I've not heard of ANY of these search engines...

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stevem5000 earned 0 total points
ID: 35749594
Neo Pro is really neat...it does most of the stuff I would like it to search for and find...It creates another "almost" look alike Outlook...does not disturb any of may saved emails in either exchange or my pst files...finds stuff very, very fast...it indexes and puts everything on this other screen...
Two versions available...this one is on ly $15.00...gonna try a few more before I decide....
Thanx for the link...

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ID: 35775509
VERY good find...
Trying a few more of the Outlook search engins before I decide which one I'm gonna use...

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