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    'Default' Contacts file name & location? (2002)

    A co-worker that uses a notebook PC to access our Exchange server has received a new notebook PC. Before discovering that he did not have his Contacts list, the old PC has been returned to our corporate Help Desk. Thankfully, an image was made of his hard drive from which we can recover files.

    What is the default file name(s) and location(s) of the 'standard' user Contacts List, if any? We have searched for *.pab and *.wab files but have not found any matching files.

    At this point I'm not sure if his Contacts list resides on the notebook's hard drive or is on the Exchange server.

    Any help will be *greatly* appreciated! <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>

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    Re: 'Default' Contacts file name & location? (2002)

    Contacts are stored on the Exchange server, but if your co-worker had an offline folder file to be able to work with his mail when the notebook was not connected to the network, the contacts have also been stored there. The default name for this file is Outlook.ost, and the default location is in Cocuments and Settings<username>Application DataMicrosoftOutlook, but both can be changed.

    You can specify an offline folder file in Tools | E-mail Accounts > View or change existing e-mail accounts > Change > More settings > Advanced > Offline Folder File Settings.

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    Re: 'Default' Contacts file name & location? (2002)

    Hans, could Contacts also be in the PST if the user had one? The OP didn't mention if a PST was sought.
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    Re: 'Default' Contacts file name & location? (2002)

    Thank you for speedy reply, Hans!

    Unfortunately, the image of his hard drive is only showing the following files in [Cocuments and Settings<username>Application DataMicrosoftOutlook]: outcmd.dat; outlook.fav; outlook.nk2; outlook.srs; outlprnt.

    I might have found the file! This file is located in [Cocuments and Settings<username>Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftOutlook] and is > 60 MB. I'm guessing that there's a *lot* more than his Contacts list in there!

    We'll look in that file and look for an additional address book on the Exchange server when he returns to the office tomorrow. I'll post later and let you know of my success (or otherwise).

    Thanks again for your help!

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    Re: 'Default' Contacts file name & location? (2002)

    John,

    Thanks for the reply!

    I hope that we can find the Contacts list on the server or in the outlook.ost file, as the user has created numerous archive *.pst files!

    I'll post back when we have found the elusive Contacts List!

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    Re: 'Default' Contacts file name & location? (2002)

    If you're on Exchange, your mail, contacts etc. are stored on the server and in your offline folders file. It is possible to have one or more .pst files too, for example your AutoArchive file, but AFAIK a .pst file is not the main storage if you're on Exchange. It might be worth looking for .pst's to see what can be found in them.

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