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Cannot Export/Import Outlook Files Between two Computers

by shamrock838 / May 12, 2009 1:58 PM PDT

Cannot Export/Import Outlook Files between Two Computers :


A couple of days ago I tried exporting an MS Outlook 2003 ?Inbox? folder of files from a Dell Latitude D820 laptop (under XP Professional) and importing them to a MS Outlook 2003 ?Inbox? folder of files on a Dell Vostro 420 desktop (under Vista Business). I chose the option ?Allow duplicates to be created.?

I used a flash drive as the transfer device -- i.e. I exported (inbox.pst) from laptop to flash drive; moved the flash drive to the desktop; and tried to import the same file from flash drive to desktop.

[Background: - when the desktop went down recently, I did some e-mailing from the laptop. Now I want to consolidate all my e-mails on the desktop. After I transfer the ?Inbox? folder files, I want to do the same with the ?Sent? folder files, etc. BTW ? I?ve installed the exact same Outlook 2003 program in both computers.]

I used the online procedure entitled, ?Microsoft Office Outlook: Back Up Outlook E-Mail Messages.? To access this I typed the following link into Google:

The export from laptop to flash drive seemed to go OK. But I couldn?t import from flash drive to desktop. The desktop Outlook 2003 wouldn?t recognize the file inbox.pst in the flash drive, even though it?s plainly there. NOTE: - on the desktop, the flash drive is recognized as drive F. On the desktop it?s drive M.

Question -- does this Microsoft procedure work when performing an Outlook 2003 export/import from an XP Professional laptop computer to a Vista Business desktop?

Where else might I have gone awry? If necessary, I can reconstruct the screen-by-screen sequence of keystrokes.


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