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Looking for tips on MS Outlook (2003) file recovery

by Chinookman / November 16, 2005 6:07 AM PST

Well a while back posted about losing all my MS files due to an self-inflicted XP repair debacle.

In this past thread I was told that my old Outlook profile and e-mail + folders would not be in the "Programs/MS Office 11/Outlook"; BUT that it would be in my user profile.

Now I've come across a recovery program that I plan on trying out IF I knew where to look for the directory to Outlook!
I've tried looking for the one I've presently got installed but no whatever help you guys can come up w/ will be greatly appreciated.


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Use Windows Explorer to search for *.pst ...
by Kees Bakker / November 16, 2005 3:58 PM PST

... on your whole hard disk.
Probably, you'll find one, called Outlook.pst and that's it. If more than one, have a look at the file size and the date/time of last modification.

Hope this helps.


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PST files
by Chinookman / November 17, 2005 5:22 AM PST

I did a search in the C:/ drive for *.pst files and none showed up.

I do have some pst files but they are the back ups I make. I lost the one that is one month old and need.

Just for sake of learning how MS 2003 is configured I tried to look for the Outlook file to see where the e-mails are stored, and have no idea.

While looking, though did encounter a profile wizard so installed it hoping it'll help in the future. The wizard certainly was not part of the original install so did not know it even existed until had reason to look around inside the file structuers.

Thanks for the idea though......C-man

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Outlook 2003 file locations
by Kees Bakker / November 17, 2005 6:32 AM PST
In reply to: PST files
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Now this is adding more to my confusion!
by Chinookman / November 17, 2005 2:07 PM PST

From the link you provided I should have this configuration, which I don't ''drive:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook''

I do not have this set up...yikes!

I have:drive:\Documents and Settings\<user>\-then underneath have cookies, favorites,my docs,start menue,user data,

Is this a manual or auto set up when the software is installed? This is a fresh rebuild. The thought of doing another clean install is well yech at the moment, but if that's what needs to be done.....

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