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gum digger
31-05-2007, 11:41 AM
I have lots of emails in several folders, i even have calander & tasks entries which i want to import. What is the safest way to do this. IN MS Office Outlook 2003.

31-05-2007, 12:01 PM
In Outlook go to File menu - Import and Export - Export to a file - Personal Folder File (.pst).
Choose Personal Folders and tick the box to include subfolders.
Choose where you want the file saved to and click finish.
Once it is done you could put this .pst file onto a CD/DVD, USB hard drive etc.

If you ever need to restore from this file you follow pretty much the same as above but choose Import.

31-05-2007, 12:04 PM
I export the pst file as a pst file.

Import & Export
Export to file
Personal File Folder
Personal Folders (Check sub directories)
Choose a name and location and go for it.

I find I can import these any time, I back them up to DVD or CD every so often.

Also you can do a batch file to backup the pst file to another location or drive.

It would be something like:
copy c:\Documents and Settings\username\local settings\Application Data\Microsoft\outlook\Outlook.pst d:\backup\Outlook.pst

You may have to shorten the folders with over 8 characters to 6 characters~1

Call the file something like backup.bat
if the path is correct then double click it and it will copy it to the location.
You can make a shortcut to desktop easily enough or even schedule it to backup when ever. It will over write each time you back it up with the new version