Recover Outlook 2003 personal folders, notes, contacts etc..

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Outlook 03 started re-loading itself, I would gain access and it would kick me out and then gain access again and again. I ended up removing the program and reload and lost all personal information.

By recommendation from this site I purchased a program to recover the .pst files I needed and it turns out the program will not recover the .pst files without purchasing maintenance updates for more programs (not fair).

My question is, is there a way to recover these files back into Outlook without having to open up a money pit. Apparently the files are there. I just need to know how to recover them.

Russ Valentine

Don't you back up your data? The file you need is your Personal Folders file (*.pst) It's where all the mail, calendar, contacts etc are stored.

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Note that some of the information on the Microsoft page is outdated and contains errors, particularly when applied to Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010.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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