outlook 2010 imap pst 7GB recreate profile

Posted on 2011-10-23
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I have an Outlook 2010 system (Not exchange).
My system was running fine until I decided to free up some space on the C:\ drive by moving my pst to the d: drive.
The move across worked but then my send wasnt working so I stupidly deleted my profile to rebuild it.
Now when I try to rebuild it creates a new pst instead of allowing me to connect to my 7GB existing PST (which is now too big to copy back to the C: drive).
How do I recreate my profile and get access to my 7GB existing pst without having to make room on my C drive and download the 7GB of data again to my IMAP folders?
The system is smart enough to know that a simple rename doesnt work (even if you open file location and copy across and point to the old file name.
And I cant see any simple import function for IMAP folders.
Question by:owenharris63
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    Expert Comment

    by:Tony Giangreco
    In Outlook, since you already created a new profile, Open the Data File tab and see if your PST file is listed. If it isn't, you need to detrmine where it is and on this tab, point Outlook to that folder and select it.
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    Accepted Solution

    you can import your 7GB pst file on your newly created outlook profile. here is the step by step procedure to import a pst file on outlook 2010 :-

    Author Comment

    This is an IMAP pst. There is no import option. I can recreate my profile but the trick is tricking Outlook into looking at my old IMAP pst file instead of the new one which gets created when you create the new folder. I donot want to download 7GB of data again.
    Its not just a matter of pointing to the existing one by the look of things.
    I can add the folder in but as its IMAP I think I will just end up with two entries containing the same files as the newly created pst file populates itself off the IMAP server

    Author Comment

    Actually I was wrong. I was looking in the wrong place - File->Open->Import is available for IMAP. I am trying an Import but it is soooo slow. The question will be whether saying no duplicates will work because IMAP downloads information about the folders etc anyway even if the message just has a header. Anyway we will see eventually if this works. I am doing an import. Thanks guys. Akicute555 - that link was very helpful.

    Author Closing Comment

    Didnt quite solve the problem but gave me food for thought.

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