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I can't raise the person i was hoping might be able to help with this question on the phone so I'm throwing it open to the floor...

How do I go about transferring all of my emails from PC#1 to PC#2? Both email systems are Microsoft Outlook and the OE on PC#2 is completely empty and hasn't had anything downloaded to it from the server as yet. There are probably a good few thousand emails on PC#1 between all the various folders and subfolders I keep recorded there.

So how do I do it? Do I use the import/export tab? If so, what format should I save the files in? Do I go to the Outlook directory and copy the Office Data File that is kept in that Folder?

For eitehr of the above how would I then merge/load the info onto my new system?

Many thanks for any help!


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Sep. 15th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
That was a really helpful article btw.

Unfortunately Outlook 2007 doesn't use .pst files anymore though, hence my ranting in follow-up mails :p

But I wanted to touch base and thank you for the link as it was useful and easy to follow (even if microsoft scuppered the outcome).
Sep. 15th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
That one way.

If it's outlook. YOur best bet is just find you pst file, do a search for '*.pst.' under
'documents and settigns' and copy that file across.

You will probably find 2, outlook.pst fro your 'personal folders' n& acrchive.pst for your archive folders.

You can then open that file in outlook on the new computer and transferr you emails into your between sets of folders.

For advanced users you could try replacing the existing outlook pst (on the new computer) with the one form the old computer.
Sep. 15th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Sadly Outlook 2007 no longer uses .pst files so I'm having a few issues with the system. Currently trying another plan whereby I load a trial version of 2007 on my old machine and import them across internally, before then diving into the file and pulling out the newly converted documents for transfer to the new system.

Fingers crossed for me!
Sep. 15th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
I've had to do this a couple of times,
been a while but it goes something like this.

I believe you'll have a file within outlook,
called something like 'mail.pst' (you will only have one pst file so thats the one you want.
(might not be .pst but it is the suffix for post file you need.)

Copy that file onto a disc/usb stick and then copy it into the same place on PC 2 that you found it in PC 1.

Then you do import as you were before, and select the new file you just copied across for it to open.
All your mail should then appear on the new PC.

Well, I think that is what you do.

Sep. 15th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
Microsoft have now changed file types for the saved data. My files are all in .pst but the new system (Outlook 2007) only acceots .dbx files :/
Sep. 15th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
If it's Outlook it might be worth trying Windows' Settings Transfer Wizard.
Sep. 15th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Possibly but it does a whole lot more just transfer email.

And it some ways it is quite slow.

Disclaimaer - I use it a lot for transferring profiles to from non-domain to domain users at work.
Sep. 15th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)

Firstly, a caveat. Real friends don't let their friends use Microsoft Office.

This said, if you really must use it, there's some instructions on the MS site; Outlook 2007 does still use .pst files.

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