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samveg

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Hi,
I have recently had to but a new alptop after the other blew up. I have removed the hard drive from the old one and cooonected it to the new with a usb 2.0 cable. All is well but I still cannot access my e mail address book on the old drive. It is in outlook and I want to importit to thunderbird on the new pc. It will not transfer either to windows live or to thunderbird. A search on the old drive does not seem to find it either. Any ideas?
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What do you mean that the other one 'died'? Did your hard drive on the old machine crash, or what exactly was the problem?
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Hi shortgirl,

Sorry spilled tea on it and it blew up, smoke the works!
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Hey there! Yeah, liquid+computer= bad news!! :) When you connect the old hard drive to the new one via the cable, are you able to see anything that's on the old hard drive?? If you can't see any data, it's going to be hard to get anything off of there!! If you are able to see your data on the old drive, you may want to search in the directory where you had your email program installed, and see if you can find the address book file. If you were using Outlook, it should have saved your address info in a .PST file. You need to just transfer it over, and then worry about putting it into another program!
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THanks Shortgirl,

Yes I can see data and \i have already managed to transfer some word files etc that I need, but I cannot find the outlook files. I have spent hours searching! Sorry about the delay - I have been a away.
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First go to my computer, click tools, folder options, view and click show hidden files and folders and untick hide extensions for known file types, then ok that.

Then browse in the old hard drive to documents and settings\your name\local settings\application data\microsoft\outlook

In there should be outlook.pst file or something similar. Transfer that to the same location on your new drive or run an import through Outlook and everything will appear in your new outlook.

Hope that helps.
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