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 PostPost subject: Reformatted and missed Outlook pst file HELP        Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 4:45 pm 
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I just reformatted with Vista, did a Quick Format from the installation, only just installed it and realised I forgot my outlook.pst file. I've probs got an old back up somewhere aand all my contacts synch with my phone but its the emails I've got which are most important. What software is best for there. Freeware or paid for I don't care it's worth it.

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Do you actually have some of the EMails backed up? If so in what format?

If it's in a .PST you can just import it into your outlook profile, provided it won't come up under your EMail account's folder, it will come up as a seperate folder, but you still have access to that.

If you don't have the EMails backed up, your [censored], unless you use IMAP where unless you set it, all your [censored] will still be the mailserver.


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If the file hasn't actually been overwritten, you can use file recovery software. In order to lower the chance of it being overwritten it's best to stop using your computer altogether, boot up from a CD that has file recovery software on it, or take the hard-drive out and hook it up to another PC to do file recovery. I've used these three and they all work fairly well: GetDataBack, Zero Assumption Recovery, and EasyRecovery Professional.

Chances are that you won't be able to get anything.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:54 pm 
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Well I've always remembered before but havn't had to format the laptop in over a year. It's only because uni starts next week I did it to free up disk space and it was a bit sluggish. I've got a back up from March 07 which is a little out of date but has the most important emails I guess.

Did try GetDataBack but it didn't even find the Outlook folder the pst file was stored in so I guess I've lost it. Oh well, nothing I can do about it now but I'll never forget it again at least LOL

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Mr. Bird Poo wrote:
Well I've always remembered before but havn't had to format the laptop in over a year. It's only because uni starts next week I did it to free up disk space and it was a bit sluggish. I've got a back up from March 07 which is a little out of date but has the most important emails I guess.

Did try GetDataBack but it didn't even find the Outlook folder the pst file was stored in so I guess I've lost it. Oh well, nothing I can do about it now but I'll never forget it again at least LOL


I made a small batch file to backup the pst file for my dads work e-mails, its not difficult to do. Kill outlook, copy the pst file, then load up outlook again. It will only copy if its closed because its locked otherwise. Run it as a cron/scheduled task and bobs your uncle.

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I always recommand that people just use web based email. Then you don't have to worry about loosing anything, you can get to your email from anywhere with internet access on any computer, and there is less of a chance of you getting hit with viruses. The problem with that is if you loose Internet access you can't even view your email. There is always the option of having Outlook leave messages stored on the server even if they're downloaded with an email client. Then if you loose your email client your messages will still be somewhere.


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Andy wrote:
Mr. Bird Poo wrote:
Well I've always remembered before but havn't had to format the laptop in over a year. It's only because uni starts next week I did it to free up disk space and it was a bit sluggish. I've got a back up from March 07 which is a little out of date but has the most important emails I guess.

Did try GetDataBack but it didn't even find the Outlook folder the pst file was stored in so I guess I've lost it. Oh well, nothing I can do about it now but I'll never forget it again at least LOL


I made a small batch file to backup the pst file for my dads work e-mails, its not difficult to do. Kill outlook, copy the pst file, then load up outlook again. It will only copy if its closed because its locked otherwise. Run it as a cron/scheduled task and bobs your uncle.


How? I could use said batch file...


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I'm just guessing here, but I'll guess what the batch file looks like...

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xcopy C:\Documents and Settings\Happy Dude\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft Office\Outlook10\something.pst Z:\backup\something.pst

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