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    Back-Up Outlook (Outlook 2000 )

    In an effort to protect all my e-mails I downloaded a patch from Microsoft for my Outlook which "supposedly" provided a back-up capability on a specific place on my hard drive. The back-up appeared to work but data was unreadable ...hieroglyphics. I removed the patch from my "Add/Delete options" from my Control Panel. Obviously something went wrong as I am advised every 10 minutes via a dialogue box "the path is invalid for backup" ...so it seems the program is still trying to back up even though I removed it....Help ! How can I stop this constant interuption ?.......I'm resigned to the fact that I can't backup my e-mail data...so be it !
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    Re: Back-Up Outlook (Outlook 2000 )

    Okay, don't give up yet.

    The backup merely copies the designated personal folders data files (*.PST) from one place to another. As far as I know, it does not compress the data, so it should not turn the data into hieroglyphics. How did you check the files? To validate their contents, you really would have to open them from inside Outlook (File>Open>Personal Folders Files). After opening them, remember to close them or you'll create a lot of confusion for yourself. (Easiest way is to right click them in the folder tree pane and choose Close.)

    Regarding the reminders, I found that the add-in gave up fairly easily if it didn't work on the first file. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> It's possible that a process has been left running that needs to be killed, either manually or by logging off and logging back onto Windows (or, more drastically, restarting Windows). To edit the backup path, choose File>Backup from inside Outlook. To stop using the add-in completely, you need to drill down to the COM Add-ins dialog. I'm not using Outlook 2000 any more, but it's similar to Tools>Options...>Other>Advanced Options...>COM Add-ins.

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    Re: Back-Up Outlook (Outlook 2000 )

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my e-mail. I tried to read the back-up as a Word document as the icon (?) showed it as a Word Document. Thats when the hieroglyphics occured, it took ages to load by the way. As you instructed I looked in the "COM Add-ins" in Oulook but it was empty !! and I'm still getting the dialogue box as mentione in my original e-mail.
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    Re: Back-Up Outlook (Outlook 2000 )

    I think uninstalling might have left some remnants. Try restarting Windows and whatever is triggering the reminder should be truly removed.

    And then maybe reinstall it. It's really not so bad. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Back-Up Outlook (Outlook 2000 )

    What is the name of the utility you downloaded? I use a Microsoft add-in called pfbackup that prompts for a backup of my PST files every time I close Outlook (it is also configurable for a certain reminder every "x" days).
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    Re: Back-Up Outlook (Outlook 2000 )

    Hi ! Thats the one ! When you check to see if it has in fact backed up how do you go about it ?
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    Re: Back-Up Outlook (Outlook 2000 )

    To check the backup it creates, I open the backed up PST in Outlook. Admittedly I do not go through it thoroughly, I just compare its contents at a glance to what is currently in my inbox. Since I have not had any problems with it, I rarely even do that anymore unless I am preparing to move my data or save it for a reinstallation of Office/Windows. If you attempt to open the PST in any other program, it will look like so much rubbish because it is a proprietary database.
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    Re: Back-Up Outlook (Outlook 2000 )

    Thank you again for your assistance. I have reinstalled the programe and will try again. I work from home and the retention of my e-mails is a very important issue. I lost everything last July in a hard drive crash and so I'm anxious to ensure that doesn't happen again. I'm going to copy the file to a CD once every week as an extra precaution.
    Merry Christmas !

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    Re: Back-Up Outlook (Outlook 2000 )

    FWIW, I use the little CDs (the 3.5 inch ones) to back up my PST file along with a few other small data files in much the same way, although I do it more along the lines of once a month. This is an adjunct to my backup habits for the entire system, where I keep only my mail, my business and personal documents (resumes, financial files) and a few configuration files.

    Merry Christmas to you also. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Hope Santa fills your stocking with all kinds of cool things!
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    Re: Back-Up Outlook (Outlook 2000 )

    Mark ! Not to belabour the point and get onto an other issue but ....is it best to use a new disk (CD-R) for each back-up ...or use just a CD-RW ?......and obvioulsy check that it has in fact copied, I thought I had everything backed up last July but in fact I didn't...don't ask me how that happened.
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    Re: Back-Up Outlook (Outlook 2000 )

    You too are a proud graduate of the school of data loss! I am fond of saying that there are two types of computer users: those who have lost all of their data, and those who will. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Once you "graduate" you start being a little more cautious about your backup habits.

    Best way? I think that depends on the individual. CD-RW media are fine for the most part, but they do not last as long as CD-R (although their shelf life is still a few years). I just use the little CD-R discs because they're cheap, and so am I. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> CD-RW discs to me are more of a pain in the butt than anything else, given the cheap prices of media these days. I have seen people note that they use CD-RW for their regular backups, and for long term storage they will use a CD-R. I just skip that first step.
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    Re: Back-Up Outlook (Outlook 2000 )

    There is also the issue of Version Control. If you are a SysAdmin, you are used to keeping an unalterable archive of data spreading back over a long period of time - CD-R territory (if not tape). OTOH, unless you have unlimited well-ordered storage space or jettison CD-Rs once they are replaced, time-limited CD-RWs may be more practical. FWIW I check whether a write has taken by actually doing some test File Opens on the back-up medium.
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