Could you point how to find where Outlook 2007 saves its pst files (it couldn't be found with Explorer)?

Eduardo Fuerte
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Could you point how to find where Outlook 2007 saves its pst files (it couldn't be found with Explorer)?

I had to change a HD to another (SSD) to gain performance, I had been using Outlook and where I guessed  the more recent  .pst file remains isn't there at the last HD that had been used.

Could you suggest any workaround on this situation?
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Rob HensonFinance Analyst

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In Outlook, go to Account settings and on the Data Files tab it shows where the system is saving your data.
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You may have to change the setting for showing Hidden/System files?

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It sounds like you may be looking for the PST file(s) on the old drive which is no longer being referenced by Outlook?

The typical location for PST/OST files by Outlook is at:

C:\Users\xxxxxxxx\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\

where xxxxxxxx is the Windows user id.

If you can't find it there then just open a DOS command prompt and run this command against the root of the old hard drive:

DIR /B /S /A-D "X:\*.PST"

where X is the drive letter of the hard drive to search.  It will take a few minutes )or more depending on size) but should return the full paths to any PST files on the drive.


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Bill PrewTest your restores, not your backups...
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And I'd recommend starting the DOS command window in elevated privs mode, since some of the folders you will scan can be protected depending on login user, etc.


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Eduardo FuerteDeveloper and Analyst

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Hi

Bill
You perfectly catched the problem, the .pst(s) were found and now is been copyed to the new HD, after that I'm going to import them.

Rob
Your strategy could be valid if I could start Outlook installed at the old HD. I didn't try it yet.
Rob HensonFinance Analyst

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Obviously too late to say so now but the .pst file should have been exported before the drive was swapped; it could then be imported into the new drive.
Eduardo FuerteDeveloper and Analyst

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The pst is perfectly recovered!

In a hurry to reconfigure my laptop I wasn't carefull with this detail.

Thank you for the replies.
Bill PrewTest your restores, not your backups...
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Glad that was helpful, thanks for the feedback.


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