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Jaclyn99

I have ms outlook 2003, how do I back up my emails and contacts?
 
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Note that this article refers to Outlook 97 and 2000 and is no longer correct. It is no longer recommended to use export and import to backup a PST file. Instead you make a copy of the PST file in Windows Explorer with Outlook closed. Here are the current recommendations:

Moving Outlook to a New Computer
http://www.howto-outlook.com/Howto/backupandrestore.htm
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010771141033.aspx

Note that some of the information on the Microsoft page is outdated and contains other errors, particularly when applied to Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010.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

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