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    Outlook data file (2003)

    Dear Loungers,

    I recenlty created a mirror image of my hard drive and am now looking to find my Outlook.pst and archive.pst files in order to copy them to another computer. I have written down that it would be located here:
    Local Disk (C<img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>/Documents and Settings/[User Name]/Local Settings/Application Data/Microsoft/Outlook.

    I follow this branch all the way down to the Local Settings folder, but once there, I can't find anything called "Application Data." I made sure that all invisible folders were made visible, but it still didn't show up. Any other ideas as to where those files could be?

    UNfortunately, I can't access the files from the original computer's hard drive (I know how to do that through Outlook: File/Open/Outlook data file), since that computer crashed. Thus, I am limited to copying it from the external hard drive which has this image back up.

    Sincerely,

    JMT

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    Re: Outlook data file (2003)

    There *must* be a folder Cocuments and Settings<UserName>Local SettingsApplication Data. If you are absolutely certain that hidden folders are displayed, the only explanation for it missing that comes to mind is that the folder has been damaged when the disk crashed. Or did you make the image before that happened?

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    Re: Outlook data file (2003)

    I don't know about 2003, but in 2007 the folder you want is called APPDATA.

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    Re: Outlook data file (2003)

    I believe that is Vista not Office that is providing the basic folder structure.

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    Re: Outlook data file (2003)

    Hans, is that the folder structure for my old computer which would have used Windows XP? Would that folder have been a hidden folder?

    Do you use Acronis True Image 11? Is it possible that it was set not to back up invisible and temporary files and folders? I can't remember if that was an option for backing up the C drive.

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    Re: Outlook data file (2003)

    Yes, that structure is for Windows XP. Both Local Settings and its Application Data subfolder are hidden folders; the Microsoft and Outlook folders below that aren't hidden themselves.

    I don't have Acronis True Image, but there are several active Loungers who do, so someone will no doubt be able to answer your question about it.

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    Re: Outlook data file (2003)

    Hello Hans,

    You were right; the folder does exist, but the reason why it was not showing up was becuase my Acronis program was not backing up invisible files and folders.

    WARNING TO ALL ACRONIS USERS: don't listen to them when they say that excluding invisible files and folders from your backup just excludes some unimportant temporary files and cookies. THERE ARE SOME REALLY IMPORTANT INVISIBLE FILES that you need to be copying, like all of your templates, like your Microsoft Outlook pst and archive files, like your Palm Desktop archives, etc. etc. etc. (these files are either invisible or located in invisible folders and so won't copy to your back-up image all the same). So PLEASE, backup ALL INVISIBLE FILES AND FOLDERS before your computer crashes and it is too late! It's worth the extra 5 minutes it will take you every week and it is definitely worth the extra marginal space that will be taken up.

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