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Re-installed Outlook on new drive


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mikeSF4531

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when my hard drive became unbootable, I purchased a new boot drive and reinstalled Windows XP(SP2), Office XP(2002). I had never made a backup of any of my Outlook files (emails, addresses, etc) and am wondering if there is any way to re-instate and recover this data from the original drive, which still contains all the original Outlook data (.pst, .srs, .fav, etc). I am able to access all the data from the failed drive, it just would not load Windows any longer.

I have not yet setup anything in the new installation of Outlook hoping there is some way to transfer files over...is there?
Outlook 2002 v. 10.2627.2625

thanks!

Edited by mikeSF4531, 09 September 2007 - 08:05 PM.

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How are you able to access the data on the failed drive? If you are able (perhaps by setting your failed drive up as a slave), run outlook from the failed drive and backup all of the data (using File>Archive). You should then be able to transfer the data over. If you are unable to do that, things may get a little more complicated.
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yes, i set the failed drive up as a slave. BUT, when i go into that drive and find 'program files'>'microsoft office'>'office10'>OUTLOOK.EXE, it loads a blank copy of Outlook, showing the first time user setup screen. It appears to be referencing the new install on the other drive, if that is possible. i am confused!! when i do a general search on the failed drive, i see a 900,000KB Outlook.pst file which suggests to me there may be data in there.

What could be happening here? What would be the more complicated way of retrieving data? I am thinking there must be a way to inject the data files into the new install or something.

thanks!
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copy the pst file to the new appearance (C:/ Documents and Settings/user name(you)/Application Data/microsoft /outlook,first delete pst file in folder then copy your old file back,just make sure they have the same name.or outlook will rename it if you don't delete first. :whistling: cheers H
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Harald,
that worked like a charm! thanks - everything showed up in the new install of Outlook!
whoopee!
Mike
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Glad to Help :whistling:
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