Getting files from a Windows 7 laptop

We had a Win 7 Dell laptop stolen.  There is concern that there could be some confidential information within the MS Outlook/Exchange OST file.  Without the Windows/AD password - how easy is it to get the OST file?  I see there are tools that claim to be able to convert an OST to a PST even if you don't have the Outlook/Exchange password.  I think I know the answer but would like more insight.  Thank you.
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amigan_99Network EngineerAsked:
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Pradeep DubeyConsultantCommented:
you are right.
OST file is protected with a password its not easy to open it, but there are tools to convert it and open. so there is no way to protect data as you said laptop is stolen.
OST is also an image of the mail box which is on the server, so without password you cant open it.

but still there are tools which can convert OST to PST and can be open.
see link below for the tools.
http://www.slipstick.com/problems/pst-repair/convert-an-exchange-offline-file-ost-to-a-personal-file-pst/
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amigan_99Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
And getting to the file itself - is that fairly trivial if you mount it on another Windows desktop machine with a HD reader?
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Pradeep DubeyConsultantCommented:
Once OST is converted to PST then it can be open in the outlook application as a data file.

see below office link.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/export-outlook-items-to-an-outlook-data-file-pst-HA102534110.aspx
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
one could simply boot from an ubuntu live cd and mount the device
it has native ntfs support and ACL is ignored; the entire file system is marked world-writeable to linux when traversing folders and everything is accessible

trying to do in windows would be more involved since the operating system would imply the ACL; SIDs wouldn't resolve but wouldn't be too difficult if it was a secondary drive and an administrator took ownership of the folder structure

so yes, without any sort of encryption (bitlocker, trucrypt, etc.) there are ways to get around file system security in certain environments for that kind of access
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amigan_99Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thank you both very much.  That's bad news but precisely what I need.
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