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Offline archiehart

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pst data in Outlook 2010
« on: January 24, 2016, 12:23:30 PM »
I ask for help from a respected community!

First, I have updated Outlook 2007 to Outlook 2010, and then make a backup pst files of two of its accounts and file (copied from a folder - c: \ Documents and Settings \ d1monmsu \ Local Settings \ Application Data \ Microsoft \ Outlook \). Then safely remove Windows XP and format the partition C: \. Put a clean Windows XP, after opened .pst files via outlook, but recovered only mail. Tasks, diary, contacts (600-700 carefully sorted my contacts; - ((((), calendar - all gone, nothing has recovered (although restored a couple of remote tasks of the archive)

Before reinstalling, I looked on the internet where your contacts Outlook and all sources claimed they were saved in the PST files.
What did I do wrong and how am I going to restore contacts, journal, tasks, and calendar?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Re: pst data in Outlook 2010
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2016, 01:28:27 PM »
Sadly, since you said you formatted the drive, the missing data is most likely gone. :( I know of no way to recover that unless you backed up your whole drive before making these changes.

You say made a backup of the .pst files. How? Did you make a copy of the pst then save it in a different location? Or did you use the Export Import feature? The Export Import feature does not work as you would think and typically loses data.

It is best to make an actual copy of the .pst file, saving it to a safe location) then on the new computer (or after a format) copy the .pst file back, then install the new version of Outlook. Typically, the new version of Outlook will find the .pst file and you would be good to go. On my two systems here, the .pst file is found in c:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook, not where you said you found it. Did you verify you had the correct .pst file first? This is easily done by starting Outlook then checking the timestamp of the .pst file to see if it has the current date and time (the .pst file gets updated every time you start Outlook, or make a change to it).
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