Re: Import pst file error

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"Blue06" <Blue06> wrote in message

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> I am trying to import a pst archive from an about-to-crash HD to a new HD.
> But when I try to do that I keep getting the error message: The pst file is
> already in use in the current profile." So I tried scanpst and it didn't
> find any significant errors but I fixed what was there. Tried again, still
> the same message.

> How do I recover these e-mails?


If the Archive PST is already in use in the current profile, then click

Tools>Options>Other>AutoArchive and see if you've enabled the option to show

the archive folders in the folder list. If not, enable the option and you'll

see them. You can then drag-and-drop of Edit>Copy (or Move) to Folder. You

can also use FIle>Data File Management to see if the Archive PST is listed.

In addition, don't import. With Outlook closed, copy the PST to the

replacement disk and open it from there after removing the old copy from the

mail profile.

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I tried to open the file from the CD but it doesn't provide for using Outlook

to open it. Is that what you mean?

Thanks in advance for your help.

"Brian Tillman " wrote:



> "Blue06" <Blue06> wrote in message
> news:4F211479-2B2D-481B-9AFC-7101874607A0@microsoft.com...
>
> >I am trying to import a pst archive from an about-to-crash HD to a new HD.
> > But when I try to do that I keep getting the error message: The pst file is
> > already in use in the current profile." So I tried scanpst and it didn't
> > find any significant errors but I fixed what was there. Tried again, still
> > the same message.
> > How do I recover these e-mails?


> If the Archive PST is already in use in the current profile, then click
> Tools>Options>Other>AutoArchive and see if you've enabled the option to show
> the archive folders in the folder list. If not, enable the option and you'll
> see them. You can then drag-and-drop of Edit>Copy (or Move) to Folder. You
> can also use FIle>Data File Management to see if the Archive PST is listed.

> In addition, don't import. With Outlook closed, copy the PST to the
> replacement disk and open it from there after removing the old copy from the
> mail profile.
> >

> >

>
 
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"Blue06" <Blue06> wrote in message

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> I tried to open the file from the CD but it doesn't provide for using Outlook
> to open it. Is that what you mean?


You cannot open a PST on a CD. You must copy the PSt to the hard drive first

to a folder that does not already contain a PST of the same name, remove the

read-only access it will have from being on the CD, then open it in Outlook

with File>Open>Outlook Data File.

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OK. I had actually tried this both ways, from the CD which as you said you

cannot do but I had then copied to my HD and tried it from there. Still,

when I do File->Open->Outlook Data File...it pulls up the archive.pst folder,

which now does not have the read-only attribute but when I click Open,

nothing happens.

Then I checked File->Data File Mgmt and it seems to show the same archive

file. But when I highlight it and click Open Folder, it brings up a folder

with a few other small (1-2K) files that I had not seen before and the

archive file is a bit more than 2X the size of what I copied. When I click

on it, I get the error msg about trying to open an Outlook file ...these

files are used by the OS & if you still want to open it choose a program to

open it (which does not include Outlook).

Why should I not try to import? It seems to me that this technique had

worked with my other PC. I did try to do this out of desperation. It seems

that all the on-line guides direct you to do this. Of course, it didn't work

(as far as being able to open it) and maybe that's why the file seems to be

2X the size.

Thanks again for your help. Any other light you can shed would be

appreciated.

"Brian Tillman " wrote:


> "Blue06" <Blue06> wrote in message
> news:93A859F7-688E-46AA-A6A8-27E5C0AEF912@microsoft.com...
>
> >I tried to open the file from the CD but it doesn't provide for using Outlook
> > to open it. Is that what you mean?


> You cannot open a PST on a CD. You must copy the PSt to the hard drive first
> to a folder that does not already contain a PST of the same name, remove the
> read-only access it will have from being on the CD, then open it in Outlook
> with File>Open>Outlook Data File.
> >

>
 
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"Blue06" <Blue06> wrote in message

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> Why should I not try to import?


Depends on the purpose of the import. If you're just recovering some old

items, importing is probably OK, but importing doesn't preserve some of the

metadata that link Outlook items, like contacts and calendar, contacts and

journal, and the like. It also doesn't handle items like Distribution Lists

well. Opening a PST preserves the metadata within the PST.

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#6
OK, thanks for the explanation. But regardless, I can't open the file or see

the e-mails, which is all I want to retain. I keep retrying the same steps

and the result is always the same. I keep trying File->Open->Data File &

nothing opens, nothing changes, nothing happens. So I re-ran scanpst.exe.

No significant errors were found. Still the same problem. And yet, the file

appears to be there when I look under Data File Mgmt.

I don't get it.

"Brian Tillman " wrote:


> "Blue06" <Blue06> wrote in message
> news:AA1937BD-0FDD-4D1B-897A-B655504A7E5C@microsoft.com...
>
> > Why should I not try to import?


> Depends on the purpose of the import. If you're just recovering some old
> items, importing is probably OK, but importing doesn't preserve some of the
> metadata that link Outlook items, like contacts and calendar, contacts and
> journal, and the like. It also doesn't handle items like Distribution Lists
> well. Opening a PST preserves the metadata within the PST.
> >

>
 
#7
"Blue06" <Blue06> wrote in message

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> OK, thanks for the explanation. But regardless, I can't open the file or
> see
> the e-mails, which is all I want to retain. I keep retrying the same steps
> and the result is always the same. I keep trying File->Open->Data File &
> nothing opens, nothing changes, nothing happens. So I re-ran scanpst.exe.
> No significant errors were found. Still the same problem. And yet, the
> file
> appears to be there when I look under Data File Mgmt.


If you open the PST and all that it contains is a Deleted Items folder, then

something damaged it, probably when you wrote it to the CD. There is

anecdotal evidence that some CD burning applications don't handle PSTs well.
 
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