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Recover E-Mails from Outlook

My mother's computer recently crashed. I'll admit that she's not great with computers, and that's probably why it crashed. My mother took her laptop to Best Buy to see if they could fix it. Unfortunately, she didn't wait for me. They told her that she needed a new computer, and they recovered her hard drive for her and we got all of her files back where they belong on her new laptop. However, NONE of the emails that should have come along with the hard drive were recovered. We discovered this far too late. My parents are going through a divorce and my mother was storing important financial emails in Outlook. I'm sure they were archived. I just can't find them. Apparently, the Personal Folder (.pst) was recovered, but nothing else was. We need those emails, otherwise my father wins in court and we get kicked out of our house. Please help.

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Should be pretty simple.

In reply to: Recover E-Mails from Outlook

Install Outlook then double click on the PST to open it.

If you archived them, same procedure.

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Already installed

In reply to: Should be pretty simple.

The guys at Best Buy had already installed Outlook, along with the rest of Microsoft Office. I went through and found that the .pst file had already been opened. Or it wasn't available to open anymore? I need to know if there's another way to get those emails. I did notice that the name of the document or program that you're using/reading at the top of the program box had (trial) at the end of it. My mother paid about $200 to have Office installed, so I'm hoping this is just a trial sort of thing before the actual program starts up seamlessly. Maybe my hopes are too high.

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Re: trial

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An Office trial is just a trial. Works for 60 days or so, and you've got to buy the program. If that $200 was explicitely meant for an Office license (and added to the amount for the man-hours and Windows and whatever more she paid for) she should go back and complain.

If that pst-file already had been opened, it should contain her mails. The other possibilities:
- her old pst-file is somewhere else on the hard disk
- her old pst-file got lost
Since we can't look at the contents of her disk, we don't know. But the guy who did the work at BestBuy should know, if you can't find out yourself.


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Back to Best Buy

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We'll take it back to Best Buy with the receipt and complain. Thank you for your time and help.

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