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    Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    Last week my computer was giving me fits, getting hot and locking up on me, so I figured it was time to reformat it back to new. I backed up what I needed, including the outlook pst file that has my emails and contacts. It backed up successfully, so I reformatted it(or whatever the term is) and went to get the files I backed up. The only problem I am having.....so far...... is after reinstalling Office 2010 and trying to link the outlook to the pst file, it won't let me.

    I have a wireless back up harddrive. It backed up fine but when I try and copy/paste or drag it over to my computer, it sits there for an hour or 2 and then tells me it can't do the task because the pst file is in use by another application. It says to close out of that application and retry?? I have tried all sorts of things to get past that but with no luck. I was hoping an IT guy or someone who has dealt with that before, could help me so I can get my contacts and email history back.

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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    You're trying to copy the file and not move it, right?

    I know this does you no good right now but for future reference I would move to a cloud-based email/contacts system (e.g. - gmail, yahoo, outlook.com) so you don't have to worry about backing this stuff up.



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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    I'm trying to transfer the pst file from my backup hard drive back to my computer.



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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    I'm trying to transfer the pst file from my backup hard drive back to my computer.
    Yes but are you trying to move or copy the file? If something has a handle on it and you try to move, it will fail. But, you may be able to copy it over even with something else using it.



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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    Did you try using the import feature inside the program and point it to your old file?



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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    I have gone to the cloud like gmail/yahoo mail except for a few sensitive communications. Thunderbird for Mozilla. The outlook is going away in windows.


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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    You're trying to copy the file and not move it, right?

    I know this does you no good right now but for future reference I would move to a cloud-based email/contacts system (e.g. - gmail, yahoo, outlook.com) so you don't have to worry about backing this stuff up.
    I was reading about the online backup of the outlook files and I am going to definitely go that route once I get my issue resolved. Would you have a suggestion on which one is best?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Yes but are you trying to move or copy the file? If something has a handle on it and you try to move, it will fail. But, you may be able to copy it over even with something else using it.
    Everything I have done I have gone through windows explorer. I have tried dragging the pst file from my backup harddrive over to 'My Documents/outlook' folder and I have tried to copy/paste to get it over there and get the same results each time.

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    Did you try using the import feature inside the program and point it to your old file?
    No I haven't tried this. Could you point me to where I can try that?



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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    I believe what cytech is recommending is simply importing it directly from the backup hard disk instead of moving it back to your computer first. If you restore it straight from the backup disk you'll never need a copy on your computer, it's going to create a new one.

    How big is the PST? If the file is over 4 GB it could be a disk format issue. You'll get some goofy errors if you're battling a NTSF/FAT32 problem...the errors don't seem to lineup with the actual issue. It is unlikely this is the problem if it is a true external hard disk, that usually comes up when using thumbs drives or smaller disks.



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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    Importing a .PST file on outlook 2010

    Click on "File"
    Click On "Open"
    Click on "Import"
    Click on "Import from another program"
    Click on "Outlook Data File (.pst)
    Browse for the file and hit enter when you locate it on your wireless hard drive



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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    My .pst file is around 11 gb so it's huge. Hoping the import data part works and then I'm finding a online backup after that.



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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    One thing to keep in mind is that these .pst files always need read AND write access. If you look at the properties of the file and the "read-only" box is checked, Outlook can't use it. That's the reason why you could never use those files when they were burned off to a CD-ROM.

    If a process is accessing the file, it can't be moved. It can be copied, however. Also, what media are you copying the file over? If it's across a network, I hope you aren't trying to move an 11GB file on a wireless network.


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    "But man, it is every message for the past fifteen years. How can I survive? It is my book of knowledge."


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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    "But man, it is every message for the past fifteen years. How can I survive? It is my book of knowledge."
    Guilty as charged. And those email are only a year old. Yes I get too many work emails and yes, I keep way too many of them. Think that is going to change.



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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    The outlook is going away in windows.


    If only there was an open source e-mail client that worked like outlook (with Exchange servers) and as good as outlook - then this might be a true statement.


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    Re: Outlook data file question for your IT guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    Guilty as charged. And those email are only a year old. Yes I get too many work emails and yes, I keep way too many of them. Think that is going to change.
    Before you backup your files next time clear the deleted items. I bet you copied all those too.



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