Problem moving calendar and contacts from backup file into my new Outlook 2010.

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I cannot seem to move my calendar and contacts from my backup files into my new outlook 2010. Additionally, I have moved six archive files into the new outlook folder, but only one archive file opens. Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Russ Valentine

All Outlook data is contained in one file. The file you need is your Personal Folders file (*.pst).

Take a look at these pages for info on Outlook data backup or transfer:
Moving Outlook to a New Computer

Note that some of the information on the Microsoft page is outdated and contains errors, particularly when applied to Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010. Specifically:
1. Ignore any advice to copy your PST file to Outlook's default location to connect it to your profile. Doing so will often corrupt your Outlook profile. Copy it anywhere BUT the default location and then open it within your Outlook profile.
2. Ignore any advice that tells you to use export or import to transfer an entire Outlook data file. That has never been sound advice, but the process has become too deeply flawed to be trusted.

Also, Outlook 2010 has a nice new option that lets you connect to a pre-existing data file when creating a new profile instead of having to jump through all the hoops of creating a new file, connecting to the pre-existing file, then disconnecting the new file.

Russ Valentine
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