imap sync problems

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Outlook 2010 64 bit
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I have Outlook 2010 set to a Gmail imap account. Synced and working. For several months I have been moving specific messages from the inbox or from the sent items folder to various other folders that I have created, by way of using the "move to" function, whereby a small pop-up window appears with an explorer-type directory structure of all mail folders. All of this, obviously, has been done from within Outlook. I do not generally use my account from the Gmail web interface for any reason. Since I have started this process (basically an attempt to properly file and "make order" of a huge number of messages sitting in the inbox), I have not clicked on and opened several of the folders that have received the moved messages. Perhaps for this reason, those folders, though messages have been added to them, have not apparently been synced with the imap gmail account to reflect the new additions (the folders exist on Gmail from an earlier time, they have messages in them, but not the latest ones).

In the meantime, without being aware of this situation, I saved the local .pst file (which does reflect all of the recent changes regarding the movement of messages between different folders), erased my computer (for unconnected reasons), and then reinstalled everything back. I didn't return the same .pst file to the new Outlook installation, rather simply allowed the program to update itself from the Gmail server (thinking mistakenly that my imap folders on Gmail were completely updated). As it became apparent that certain folders are simply missing months worth of mail (neither are the messages in the "all mail" folder since they never even were uploaded to Gmail to begin with), I tried to extract the missing mail manually by turning off the internet, adding the original pst file back to Outlook, and then attempting to export the mssing messages so that somehow I could later import them back into Gmail. This was a total failure since without any connection to the imap server (Gmail, in this case), The folders do not even appear in Outlook, let alone messages. Neither have I been able to extract the material by way of a 3rd party program (Mail Extractor, etc.).

What to do? What I need is "hiding" in that .pst file, but I have no access to it's contents because it is an imap-type account that requires an imap connection to work. If I use that file as my current mail account data file (in other words, turn on the internet), it will sync with Gmail, thereby erasing the "lost" messages in its store, and updating it to the state of the gmail server as it exists today. Is that even correct? Help.

Thank you,

Tuvia Solomon
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