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Merging .pst folders in MS Office Outlook 2007

Nov 13, 2007 12:38PM PST

I have started to recover from a HD failure. Part of the restoration of data requires me to "merge" Outlook email from prior to the crash with Outlook email subseqent to the rebuild.

When I try to drag and drop an Outlook folder from Local Settings containing .pst folders from one user to another Windows warns me that the dragged folder will replace the target Outlook rather than merging contents with it.

How do I get the folders to merge rather than one replacing the other?

Many thanks,

Mike

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Drag and drop the contents, not the folders.
Nov 13, 2007 3:59PM PST

Select with ctrl-A or click (first) and shift-click (last).

I don't know the 2007 version, but I would be amazed if you can't move individual files around.

Kees

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Thanks kees...
Nov 13, 2007 8:22PM PST

Thanks Kees;

Problem is that the .pst folder called "Microsoft Office Outlook Personal Folders" will not open in windows. How do I get it open so I can select all, copy all?

Kindest regards,

Mike

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Open it in Outlook.
Nov 13, 2007 11:18PM PST

Create a new personal folder file in your current Outlook. When it exists, copy the old one over the recently created one (using My Computer or Windows Explorer) and - my guess - you'll see everything that's in it. Ready to be moved.

When things don't turn out as I expect: nothing lost. Delete the personal folder file from Outlook. It's gone. You still have the original.


A very good alternative might be to use File>Import from your current Outlook. Select your old personal folder file to import from.


Hope this helps.


Kees

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Ringa ding ding ding - we have a winner!
Nov 14, 2007 11:10AM PST

"A very good alternative might be to use File>Import from your current Outlook. Select your old personal folder file to import from." I did that, it worked.

Thanks,

Mike

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(NT) You're welcome.
Nov 14, 2007 4:20PM PST