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I cannot find a PST, OST files from my install of Outlook

My motherboard died....I have and can access the HD's the problem is that I cannot find a PST, OST etc

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effxCommented:
Type "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\" into your run box this will show you local storage are you can then relaye this to your other drive
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)PresidentCommented:

 and don't worry about any OST's.  It will be rebuilt as soon as you connect back up to the Exchange server.

Jim.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Your post does not say what version.

>>> Type "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\" into your run box  <--- For Outlook 2007 and earlier.

Look in Documents \ Outlook files for Outlook 2010 unless the default was changed.

... Thinkpads_User
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MASTechnical Department HeadCommented:
as mentioned above u dont need to worry about OST it will get rebuilt when u configure the same account again.
About PST please do a complete Hd search by *.pst and check
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ruavol2Author Commented:
Sorry gentlemen I got caught in that update EE had earlier tonight......then had to leave for a Halloween party. So my question was stuck in the middle of the 30 minute update.

The version is Outlook 2007 I am or can move it to either a Vista for Business with Enterprise Office 2007 and the Outlook version there or I can put on a new instal of WinPro7 with Office Professional 2010.

Any other recommendations.....thank you...!
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MASTechnical Department HeadCommented:
Here you can see your outlook data files(OST and PST)
"C:\Users\<profilename>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook"
C is the drive you installed OS
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Several posts have said where to find Outlook 2007 PST files and I assume you have found them.

Outlook 2010 is very different. I suggest you install Windows 7 Pro and Outlook. Make a new account in Outlook 2010 and notice it goes into Documents \ Outlook Files (different location). It also makes a new PST file for each new email account. See if this fits you.

Now copy the PST file you found above into the new location as backup.pst. Open Outlook 2010, import your email and you are good to go.

.... Thinkpads_User
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shefamCommented:
Is this a home computer or are you using it in a production environment?
If in a production environment, are you the only user of the computer or are there other users?

The info relayed above is correct as it searches where the PST is saved by default; however, if you saved it somewhere other on the drive other than the default, perform a search of the hard drive and ensure you are searching hidden folders as well.

If you are in a production environment and the PST is saved on a network folder, you would then need to do a search for a .PST within that network folder.

Also, when copying PSTs you need to make sure Outlook is closed :)
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Solon84Commented:
The place of OST and PST files depends on the OS you have.

First of all you have to change your file browser setting to SEE HIDDEN FILES AND FOLDERS.

If
Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application data\Microsoft\Outlook

Windows 7:
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

Sorry i have no clue on Vista.

I hope this helped.
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effxCommented:
I like the way that im the only person using the correct Windows shortcodes.

Using the shortcode %userprofile% will always find the current user profile irrespective of the installation path
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)PresidentCommented:
<<I like the way that im the only person using the correct Windows shortcodes.>>

  Yes, but it only works if your logged in as the user your trying to work on.  Very often that is not the case.

  And just because you use %userprofile% you might not get there. A user can create Outlook .PST files anywhere.  Right now, the machine I'm on has mine in C:\OutlookData.

Jim.
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ruavol2Author Commented:
There I got it. The .PST was on a Vista For Business installation. Thank you for all your contributions.

One last thing. I thought the .pst file also imported the Rules and alerts as well as all the email accounts.

Is there a way to pull the RULES and EMAIL account inforrmation from the old 2007 install to the new Outlook 2010 install. I have assumed the imports work but I do not know what files to get again.....

Remember I have no access to the original application as the mother board failed and all I have is access to the files that were in the folder.

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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shefamCommented:
Is this a production computer or personal computer?

If production, you have an exchange server which should save user settings auto import when launching Outlook

If you are not in a production environment, you can still access the hard drive from the pc with the bad MOBO.  Can you put the hard drive in another pc and launch Outlook as the software is on the hard drive.

Here is a link with additional info for you
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/where-does-microsoft-office-outlook-2007-save-my-information-and-configurations-HP010066914.aspx

You may be interested in this as well....
http://www.outlookbackup.com/backup-outlook-2007.html

Hope this helps
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The PST file does not contain the Accounts - you do have to remake them. I am not sure about rules. Calendar alerts should come over. .... Thinkpads_User
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ruavol2Author Commented:
Everything you said worked but none of the rules were brought over. I am guessing I need to try to move the rules over manually or just rebuild all 50 of them. Thank you for the support. I am surprised at Microsoft that they have not included that in a migration. How important that time savings would be to a customer. Must not have enough programmers around their to do so....huh.
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