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    Use old .pst folders in new Outlook 2007 accounts

    I have had a disastrous hard drive crash and my Acronis image backup on my external WD drive was corrupt (apparently due to the drive itself being damaged), so I was unable to do what should have been a simple recovery operation. I took the computer to a repair shop and they were able to pull the data files including the .pst files from the damaged drive and I have been in the process of reconstructing my computer for several days now. I have re-installed Office 2007 Ultimate and want to use the recovered .pst files in the newly created Outlook email accounts (my own and my wife's). However, when I attempt to do this by going to Tools/Account Settings and try to add the old .pst file from where it is located in C:\Users\Gerry\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook, I get a popup saying it is not a Personal File Folder. If I check Properties on this file it is clearly shown as a Personal File Folder. Any help to get me out of this mess would be greatly appreciated!

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    "Use old .pst folders in new Outlook 2007 accounts"

    Has no one told you yet that it is now 2013, no such thing as "new" Outlook 2007 any more.
    IMHO... It is time to upgrade.
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    New accounts, not new Outlook.

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    You should be able to simply open your PST file once you are in Outlook:

    At the top of the screen, choose File / Open / Outlook Data File. Find the PST file, and then click OK. It will then be listed in the left-most pane of the screen, in the lower part of the pane.

    Be aware that it will likely be called "Personal Folders" or some non-descript name like that, unless you gave it a more descriptive name in the past.

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    RussB- As BruceR said- "New accounts, not new Outlook". I have no desire to give MS more money to do an upgrade that I do not need at this time!

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    Thanks for the post, mrjim. Unfortunately, when I do that I still get the return "is not a personal folders file". Given that it is clearly identified as such in Properties in the file location, I am truly confused.

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    Make a copy of the file and then try scanning it with scanpst.exe. See http://www.msoutlook.info/question/77 for the location of scanpst.exe.

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    Jerry-

    Thanks for the post, good suggestion! I think I am a little brain dead and would probably never have thought of doing that. I will give that a shot shortly. I used Everything (Search Everything) to find scanpst and got the same result as your link. I presume you are saying to make a copy of the file in case something bad happens in the scanpst routine?

    Jerry Y
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    I presume you are saying to make a copy of the file in case something bad happens in the scanpst routine?
    Yep

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    Jerry-

    Hallelujah! Scanpst did the trick! For some reason I ended up with a huge number of 2-3 year old emails in the Inbox, Deleted Items and several custom folders but I was able to manually get rid of all of them. The really good news is that my wife's address book appears to be back intact. She will be a happy camper!

    I think we are back in business and thanks again for the suggestion!

    Jerry Y

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    Glad to hear it worked with no loss of important data.

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    That's great, Jerry Y!

    Get something like Memeo which will do continual autobackups on folders you specify on your hard drive. Then, in the future, if something like this happens, you can get the previous copy from the Memeo archive.

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