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transferring archive.pst to new computer [message #156403] Mon, 09 April 2007 20:12 Go to next message
FrontierGirl
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Registered: April 2007
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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 #156661] Tue, 10 April 2007 11:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
FrontierGirl
Messages: 3
Registered: April 2007
Junior Member
"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 #157035] Wed, 11 April 2007 10:30 Go to previous message
FrontierGirl
Messages: 3
Registered: April 2007
Junior Member
"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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