Retrieve emails from slave HD

  griffo 16:12 PM 08 Apr 13

I have had a motherboard die on me and I have installed the hard drive into another PC as a slave drive, so I can continue working whilst waiting for a new MB.

I have managed to copy & paste all the Internet Explorer Favourites but don't know about Outlook.

Is it possible to access Outlook on the 'slave drive' to retrieve all historic emails and transfer them into Outlook on the C drive of the 'resident' PC?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:33 PM 08 Apr 13

Locate the PST file on your old drive

Select File | Import and Export... from the menu in Outlook.

Select Import from another program or file. Click Next.

Highlight Personal Folder File (PST). Click Next again.

Now use the Browse button to select the backup copy of the PST file you want to recover from your old drive.

Make sure Replace duplicates with items imported is selected.

Click Next.

Finish the import process with Finish.

  griffo 17:00 PM 08 Apr 13

Thanks for the reply Fruit Bat. Problem is I can't see the .pst file on the 'slave' HD. Any suggestions please?

  lotvic 17:51 PM 08 Apr 13

Good point Jock1e.

Is it MS Office Outlook (PST file on your slave pc) (and you will need MS Office Outlook on new pc to be able to follow Fruit Bat /\0/\'s instructions)

Outlook Express (dbx files) (webmail was hotmail)

  griffo 20:10 PM 08 Apr 13

Thanks for the responses. It is MS Outlook 2007 on Windows XP.

Went to, out in the email address and the password and it says one or other (or both) are wrong and no such account exists.

  griffo 20:14 PM 08 Apr 13

Another thought - all the old emails won't still be on the server will they, as the account isn't set up to 'leave a copy on the server'.

It seems to me that I need to find a way of getting the 'slave' drive to show hidden files, so I can see/access the pst file?

  griffo 20:40 PM 08 Apr 13

Finally managed to find the .pst file on the slave drive, followed FB's guidance and all is restored.

Many thanks to all respondents.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:47 PM 08 Apr 13

If you are running Windows XP, .pst and .ost files are created in the My Documents\Outlook Files folder.


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