I want to import my contacts file from my old hard drive into my reinstalled Outlook 2007. I am not sure what the file extension would be. I cannot

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I had to replace my hard drive because I got an error message saying it was going to crash. The last time I had to replace my hard drive, I was using Outlook Express and just searched the old drive for *.wab files and - voila - found my address book. Now, however, I have Office 2007 and Outlook and was told by several people to look for *.pst files but could find nothing. Help!

Thank you so much.


Russ Valentine

The file you need is your Personal Folders file (*.pst) It's where all the mail, calendar, contacts etc are stored. You should not import this file, however. The file is a hidden file, so you'll need to search for hidden files to find it.

Take a look at these pages for info on Outlook data backup or transfer:

Note that some of the information on the Microsoft page is outdated and contains errors, particularly when applied to Outlook 2003 or 2007.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

Outlook data. That has never been sound advice, but the process has become

too deeply flawed to be trusted.

Russ Valentine
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