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    Unhappy Moving to new PC & cannot find Outlook 2007 pst file

    My PC running Windows 7 and Outlook 2007 was rendered inoperable by a graphics card motherboard interface problem so I replaced it with a new PC running Windows 8.1. I have taken the old c and d drives out of the old PC and put them in external drive cases and connected them to the new PC and searched for my Outlook 2007 pst file. I was planning finding it and then importing it into Outlook 2013 which I am yet to purchase. I searched both of the old drives for *.pst and came up blank. I made sure that under folder view options I had checked to show hidden files, folders and drives. I did a Google search but most sites give instructions for finding the pst file by using the running version of Outlook associated with the pst file, something I cannot do.

    I would be most grateful for any help. I would be very sad to lose all my old emails.

    Many thanks,

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    Usually at c:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook: Where are my Outlook Files?

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    Thanks Bruce for the prompt reply but I still cannot find the pst file. Forgive me for my Windows ignorance but I do not understand how the AppData directory works and why it appears to be hiding.

    1. Connecting my old c:\ externally to my new PC brings it up as j:\. I have ticked the checkbox to show hidden files but the AppData directory does not display in Windows Explorer when looking at j:\.
    2. If I search j:\ for AppData it comes up and I then can move all the way down the subdirectories you have given until I come to Micorsoft ie j:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\ but then there is no Outlook subdirectory there just \Windows\GameExplorer so no joy.
    3. I have read the article you linked and tried typing %localappdata%\Microsoft\Outlook in the Windows Explorer address line but I guess this references to c:\ which the old c:\ no longer is so it will not look at j:\.
    4. I have also searched my old D:\ just in case I changed the location for saving the pst file but this has also drawn a blank.

    Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Chris

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    Try the third method here?: Three ways to find Outlook's PST file

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    Many thanks Bruce for all your help. I am now a happy bunny. I tried the Command Prompt command dir/s *.pst but drew a blank. I then tried the same command using Command Prompt (Admin) and bingo the pst file was revealed as being in K:\Users\Desktop\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook. I then racked my memory for my DOS command days and used the copy command to copy the pst file to my D:\ and then imported it into my new Outlook 2013. I am most grateful for your help and time.

    Best wishes
    Chris

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