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    Best way to move data from Outlook 2K to 2003 (Outlook 2003)

    I know Outlook 2003 will open the 97-2K .pst files, but I want to take advantage of the new 2003 .pst format. Is File/Import the best way to do this (my .pst is ~200MB).

    Also, how do I change the location where the file is kept? The Options/Mail Setup/Data Files dialog shows a file location, but it doesn't appear to be editable, i.e. I can't change anything in the filename field. I looked in the help, and "Move files" wasn't very helpful, nor was Outlook File Locations.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Best way to move data from Outlook 2K to 2003 (Outlook 2003)

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> vrice

    OK one thing at a time. Having used OL 2K and 2K+3, you can simply install 2K+3 and then do a Compress and the format is taken. 200MB is nothing, I reached the death edge with a 2GB .PST file, and Outlook threw a fit. I lost some data, but we were able to recover.

    Now we detach all attachments, via VBA code and compress in the morning, and our files have been maintained at about 900MB.

    As to how to change the location of your .PST file, do the following:

    1) Shut down Outlook.
    2) using Windows Explorer move the file to your preferred location.
    3) Start Outlook.

    When Outlook throws a fit about not finding the .PST file, navigate to it, and OL will be happy there after.


    HTH

    Wassim
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    Re: Best way to move data from Outlook 2K to 2003 (Outlook 2003)

    Thanks. I renamed the newly created .pst file, started Outlook, and told it where my old one (from Outlook 2K) was. That solves the location problem.

    The format doesn't seem to be affected, however. I tried compacting, i.e. File/Data File Management/Settings/Compact. It didn't change the format (which is displayed in the dialog). Is that what you meant by compress? That doesn't appear to affect the format.

    Vince

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