Link to home
Create AccountLog in
Avatar of pelampe
pelampeFlag for United States of America

asked on

Import multiple PST archive files into Outlook 2010

Hello,

I had to recently reset my user ID in Windows 7 and lost all my Outlook settings - which included all of my archived files that automatically were loaded back into Outlook after each archive event.

I have accumulated ~30 archive files over the course of time.

As a result, I am now faced with the prospect of re-loading these all over again, one-by-one.

Is there a way bulk load ALL 30 of these in one shot?  Each PST ranges from 80 to 390mb, with average size around 200mb.

TIA for your replies.
Avatar of John
John
Flag of Canada image

No. You need to import each one. Outlook will not do multiple imports and I have not seen a third party tool to do this.
Avatar of pelampe

ASKER

Have you heard of this program?

http://www.systoolsgroup.com/add-pst.html

$29.

I've used one of their other products "Outlook PST Viewer" in the past (free version) and it's decent, but I did not know that there was a 3rd party program for this application (mulitple PST files) as well.
No, I have not heard of that program and so I cannot comment.

Also, as I read your post again and focus on Archives (which I use all the time), there is no need to even import them.

Set up Outlook and determine where Outlook stores its files. Copy the Archive (.PST) files into the same folder.

Then you only need to open them. For Archives, no need to import.
Avatar of davorin
I also haven't seen any other way than importing one by one.
I just wanted to ask you if it is really necessary to have that big amount of pst files?
I normally try to have pst files smaller than 5GBs, but I have seen pst files bigger than 25GBs. Outlook 2010 has default pst size limit set to 50GBs. So having 3 psts instead of 30 will ease your life.
Just another point as I think about this. You really do not want to import all your archives into your main PST. Then you just have to archive all over again. Just open your archives as you need to.
Avatar of pelampe

ASKER

John:  I meant "Open" and not "Import", actually.

Davorin:  Are you saying to "Merge" all 30 of these into ONE single PST file?  How is that done?

Have you seen this article?  http://www.msoutlook.info/question/207
So just copy the files to your folder and open as needed. You cannot open them all at once. There is no way for that.
Avatar of pelampe

ASKER

John:  when you say "copy the files to your folder and open as needed" - how can I do that "copy" action?  I thought I had to go to the "FILE" and then "OPEN" dialogs to initialize the "OPEN" command.
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
Avatar of John
John
Flag of Canada image

Link to home
membership
Create an account to see this answer
Signing up is free. No credit card required.
Create Account
SOLUTION
Link to home
membership
Create an account to see this answer
Signing up is free. No credit card required.
Create Account
Avatar of pelampe

ASKER

1 - I have Win7, 64 bit.

2 - That is part of my issues.  Due to the computer having a SS HD, space is limited.  So what I've been doing when archiving is manually pointing to my D:\Backups\Outlook (which is 0.5 TB).

Now, for this process, I will have to "Open" them manually one-by-one.  Is there a way to "Force" Outlook to put them in the D:\Backups\Outlook instead of the Outlook data folder by default?
You can put the Archives on another drive, but then you need to point Outlook to them. I do not of any way to automate all this. You have a huge pile of archives. I have 20 years of emails and about 5 archives.
SOLUTION
Link to home
membership
Create an account to see this answer
Signing up is free. No credit card required.
Create Account
@pelampe  - Thanks, and I was happy to help.