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    Transfer Data Files from Desktop to Notebook? (O2k SP-3 (9.0.6627) WinXP SP-2)

    I have a Desktop using Outlook
    I have a Notebook using Outlook

    Before I leave the house in the morning I want to click on a Desktop shortcut and have all my Desktop Outlook data files transferred to my notebook.

    1. What is the best way to achieve this?

    2. Is there syncronizing option?

    3. What and where are the Outlook data files located on my desktop?

    Thanks, John

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    Re: Transfer Data Files from Desktop to Notebook?

    Your Outlook data - on each machine - is stored in something like Cocuments and Settings[username]Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftOutlook[filename].pst. this is a hidden folder - so you will need to choose "Show Hidden Files and Folders" in Windows Explorer's Folder Options - as well as uncheck "Hide File Extensions".

    As for copying, there is no built in synchronisation option. <UL><LI>You could use an old fashioned DOS Batch FIle - with the xcopy command - although this will require some setting up. Please post back if you want some help in going this route.<LI>You could alternatively have a Windows Explorer shortcut to the PST folder on your Desktop and then drag & drop onto a shortcut to your Notebook.<LI>Make sure that the Desktop Outlook is fully shut down. As you can see from recent threads on this Board, there are a number of other processes that can interfere. With such interference, you may get an error on copying.[/list]HTH
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    Re: Transfer Data Files from Desktop to Notebook?

    I ran the following from my Desktop OK: (the F: drive is shared drive on Desktop)

    F:AppsAccess2k>xcopy "Cocuments and SettingsJohnLocal SettingsApplication
    DataMicrosoftOutlookOutlook.pst" "F:AppsAccess2kSaveOL"
    1 file(s) copied.

    I ran the following from my Notebook OK:

    F:AppsAccess2kSaveOL>xcopy Outlook.pst "Cocuments and SettingsJohnLocal SettingsApplication
    DataMicrosoftOutlook"
    1 file(s) copied.

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    Re: Transfer Data Files from Desktop to Notebook?

    Please can you describe the situation with your Notebook in a bit more detail. Is this a machine that has been "given" to you by your employer? Do you log on to a Domain with the Notebook in that employer's office? How have you, to date, transferred/accessed data between the two machines?
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    Re: Transfer Data Files from Desktop to Notebook?

    Seems it was a sharing problem, xcopy works now

    I have the following files in:

    Cocuments and SettingsJohnLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftOutlook

    06/03/2005 11:07 AM 2,056 extend.dat
    06/08/2005 09:09 AM 8,175,616 imap.aol,com-00000005.pst
    06/08/2005 09:10 AM 1,287,168 outlook.pst

    outlook.pst is the first mail account I set up for Verizon DSL

    imap.aol,com-00000005.pst is the second mail account I set up for AOL

    Questions:

    1. Whats up with this file name imap.aol,com-00000005.pst?
    2. What is extend.dat file?

    Thanks, John

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    Re: Transfer Data Files from Desktop to Notebook?

    The names of the PST files do not have any special meaning - although IMAP files tend to be more complicated.

    Extend.dat is used to store registry extension data. The4re should be no need to migrate it between your machines.

    HTH
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