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    backing up outlook .pst folder (Outlook2000/Win2000pro SP4)

    greetings one and all!

    well, as usual, i am asking a question... about outlook, of course. this one probably has a simple answer, but, for the life of me, i can't seem to puzzle it out, so i come to y'all, the office wizards of the world. <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15>

    i'm having some problems getting outlook to open, so it's my logic that it's about to bite the big one, again, so i want to back up all my files, e-mails, whatever you want to call them. i have all the usual file folders, plus all the ones of my own invention. in addition to these, i also have two other sets of personal folders added that i had had backed up separately, on separate CDs, and which y'all helped me figure out how to get them back into outlook so that i could access them. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> all this being said, here's my question: when i copy the great big .pst file to a CD, will it include the two other sets of personal folders that i got back into outlook, or do i have to back them up separately?

    ah, another question, if i may. can i back up my outlook express .dbx file the same way i do outlook, and put that file back into outlook express the same way? no, i don't use outlook express any more (it drove me fair right <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15> ), but my husband does, and i don't want to risk losing his e-mail, too.

    the beast (our 'puter) has been behaving way too long, and i don't want it to bite the big one while i am out of town, so i am doing all of my backups and preventative maintenance now, before i leave, as i am the IT tech support for our home. i don't want my husband to call, witching at me across 400 miles, and have to try to diagnose and solve a problem. this is why i am asking your help.

    thanks for your time, both in reading and in answering. as always, i appreciate all that all y'all do for me. looking forward to hearing from you when you can. until then, take care and God bless.


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    Re: backing up outlook .pst folder (Outlook2000/Wi

    > when i copy the great big .pst file to a CD, will it include the two other sets of personal folders that i got back
    > into outlook, or do i have to back them up separately?

    If you click all the top level minus signs in the Folder List so that you have nothing but plus signs showing, there is a separate PST file for each plus sign. If you only have been making changes to one set of folders (one of these PSTs), you might not need a new backup. But... CD-R media can be flaky, so an extra backup certainly doesn't hurt!

    Also, in the Application DataMicrosoftOutlook folder, there are .dat, .fav, .otm, .rwz, .nick and maybe other files that I suggest backing up. Some of these will be automatically recreated by Outlook if they go missing, but customization may be lost.

    Outlook Express: find the identity folder and copy the whole identity. This should cover everything. However - big disclaimer - you should visit the OE board and search for backup and moving from one computer to another to confirm. (I believe OE also has the ability to export account settings, making it easier to back those up than from Outlook.)

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