Backup and restore folders/contacts like all previous vresions.

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Mike 1940

I have installed Outlook 2010 under Win7 (64b). I am trying to figure out how to backup and transfer/merge pst files from one computer to another. I cannot for the life of me find the answer or at least an answer I can recognize/understand. Merging files/folders is very important as I use several computers of which I wish to merge to keep all current.
 
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Take a look at these pages for info on Outlook data backup or transfer:
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Note that some of the information on the Microsoft page is outdated and contains errors, particularly when applied to Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010.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 of any use.

Also, when you use manual configuration for your mail accounts in Outlook 2010 (always preferable) it 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.

As far a "merging" files is concerned, you simply open the PST file you want to merge with another in Outlook, and copy the data from it into the file you are currently using. Note that it is usually preferable to copy the _contents_ of a folder to another than copying the fodler itself, unless you think you want more folders.

Russ Valentine
 
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