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transferring archive.pst to new computer [message #156403] Mon, 09 April 2007 20:12 Go to next message
FrontierGirl  is currently offline FrontierGirl
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My emails are saved on an email server, so I regularly archive my emails onto
my computer and heavily depend on this archive. I have just moved my files
to my new computer using the Files and Settings Transfer Program. I noticed
that my archive folders didn't seem to transfer - no archive folders
appeared. So I copied the archive.pst off Outlook 2003 on my old computer
and copied into my Outlook 2003 application data folder on my new computer.
When I re-opened Outlook on my new computer, the old archive data did not
show -- it seemed to create new archive folders. Yet when I used Microsoft
Explorer to check -- my old very large archive folder appears in my
application data folder. How can I access those old emails? Can I get them
to be visible in Outlook when I open it? If so, how?
Re: transferring archive.pst to new computer [message #156452] Mon, 09 April 2007 23:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
f.h.muffman  is currently offline f.h.muffman
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Registered: February 2007
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FrontierGirl wrote:
> My emails are saved on an email server, so I regularly archive my
> emails onto my computer and heavily depend on this archive. I have
> just moved my files to my new computer using the Files and Settings
> Transfer Program. I noticed that my archive folders didn't seem to
> transfer - no archive folders appeared. So I copied the archive.pst
> off Outlook 2003 on my old computer and copied into my Outlook 2003
> application data folder on my new computer. When I re-opened Outlook
> on my new computer, the old archive data did not show -- it seemed to
> create new archive folders. Yet when I used Microsoft Explorer to
> check -- my old very large archive folder appears in my application
> data folder. How can I access those old emails?

File - Open - Outlook Data Files and select it.

> Can I get them to
> be visible in Outlook when I open it? If so, how?

Once you open it, it should stay there until you close it with a right
click - close command.

--
f.h.



Re: transferring archive.pst to new computer [message #156661] Tue, 10 April 2007 11:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
FrontierGirl  is currently offline FrontierGirl
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Registered: April 2007
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"F.H. Muffman" wrote:

> FrontierGirl wrote:
> > My emails are saved on an email server, so I regularly archive my
> > emails onto my computer and heavily depend on this archive. I have
> > just moved my files to my new computer using the Files and Settings
> > Transfer Program. I noticed that my archive folders didn't seem to
> > transfer - no archive folders appeared. So I copied the archive.pst
> > off Outlook 2003 on my old computer and copied into my Outlook 2003
> > application data folder on my new computer. When I re-opened Outlook
> > on my new computer, the old archive data did not show -- it seemed to
> > create new archive folders. Yet when I used Microsoft Explorer to
> > check -- my old very large archive folder appears in my application
> > data folder. How can I access those old emails?
>
> File - Open - Outlook Data Files and select it.
>
> > Can I get them to
> > be visible in Outlook when I open it? If so, how?
>
> Once you open it, it should stay there until you close it with a right
> click - close command.
>
> --
> f.h.
>
>
>I tried this with no success. From what I read online, Office 2003 just opens a new archive when you try to transfer an old one. And that's what seems to happen to me. When I try to open archive.pst from Outlook-- I get a very simplistic set of folders -- inbox, deleted and search folders. When I rename my folder "old archive.pst" it doesn't even show up under "Open - Outlook Data Files" I have double-checked my path multiple times - Documents and settings - my name - Application data - Microsoft - Outlook. The strangest thing is that although both my "archive.pst" and "old archive.pst" show up in Windows Explorer as the same size -- the actual folder that opens in Outlook contains only a few emails...and though they are mine, I cannot identify which of my folders they came out of.
Re: transferring archive.pst to new computer [message #156843] Tue, 10 April 2007 19:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
f.h.muffman  is currently offline f.h.muffman
Messages: 5656
Registered: February 2007
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FrontierGirl wrote:
>>> My emails are saved on an email server, so I regularly archive my
>>> emails onto my computer and heavily depend on this archive. I have
>>> just moved my files to my new computer using the Files and Settings
>>> Transfer Program.
<snip>
>>> How can I access those old emails?
>>
>> File - Open - Outlook Data Files and select it.
>>
> I tried this with no success. From what I read online, Office 2003
> just opens a new archive when you try to transfer an old one. And
> that's what seems to happen to me. When I try to open archive.pst
> from Outlook-- I get a very simplistic set of folders -- inbox,
> deleted and search folders. When I rename my folder "old
> archive.pst" it doesn't even show up under "Open - Outlook Data
> Files" I have double-checked my path multiple times - Documents and
> settings - my name - Application data - Microsoft - Outlook. The
> strangest thing is that although both my "archive.pst" and "old
> archive.pst" show up in Windows Explorer as the same size -- the
> actual folder that opens in Outlook contains only a few emails...and
> though they are mine, I cannot identify which of my folders they
> came out of.

Do you still have the file on the original machine? If you do, how big is
the file there? And how big is the file on the new machine?

--
f.h.
Re: transferring archive.pst to new computer [message #157035] Wed, 11 April 2007 10:30 Go to previous message
FrontierGirl  is currently offline FrontierGirl
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"F.H. Muffman" wrote:

> FrontierGirl wrote:
> >>> My emails are saved on an email server, so I regularly archive my
> >>> emails onto my computer and heavily depend on this archive. I have
> >>> just moved my files to my new computer using the Files and Settings
> >>> Transfer Program.
> <snip>
> >>> How can I access those old emails?
> >>
> >> File - Open - Outlook Data Files and select it.
> >>
> > I tried this with no success. From what I read online, Office 2003
> > just opens a new archive when you try to transfer an old one. And
> > that's what seems to happen to me. When I try to open archive.pst
> > from Outlook-- I get a very simplistic set of folders -- inbox,
> > deleted and search folders. When I rename my folder "old
> > archive.pst" it doesn't even show up under "Open - Outlook Data
> > Files" I have double-checked my path multiple times - Documents and
> > settings - my name - Application data - Microsoft - Outlook. The
> > strangest thing is that although both my "archive.pst" and "old
> > archive.pst" show up in Windows Explorer as the same size -- the
> > actual folder that opens in Outlook contains only a few emails...and
> > though they are mine, I cannot identify which of my folders they
> > came out of.
>
> Do you still have the file on the original machine? If you do, how big is
> the file there? And how big is the file on the new machine?
>
> --
> f.h.
>
>
> Dear F.H. -- Thanks for your question. As I went to double-check the answer to your question,I couldn't find the file on the old computer. :( That's when I double-checked the path for the zillionth time -- and realized there are TWO sets of Application Data folders -- one under my name and one under "my name/Local Settings." I had put the folder just under the Application data folders under my name. Once I switched it to the Application Data folders under Local Settings then it popped up nicely in Outlook. Whew! Problem resolved. Thanks!
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