Want to Import Outlook 2003 pst files to later version

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Ed Senior

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Hello, I have a super-massive Outlook.pst file (~3GB), and a similarly massive archive.pst file (~2GB). I will soon be bringing up a new machine (Win7 Pro), and I want to import these 2003SP3 files into a later version of Outlook. I am attracted to the 2007/2010 version. This is because I'm seeing comments in other forums and reviews that Office has been going downhill since then, and that it now can be a big hassle just getting it installed. I would also be open to alternative email applications, if there are any that can import massive, old pst files. I would be grateful for comments, suggestions, and/or advice from users more expert than me. Thanks, Ed
 

Michael Bauer

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I'd agree, Outlook 2010 is the best you can get.

Right click on the file's top folder (Personal Folder), choose Properties, Advanced. Does the format just read 'Personal Folder File', or is there the appendix '(97-2002)'?
 

Diane Poremsky

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Any 3rd party mail application would need a utility to handle the import. If you don't need the extensibility of Outlook, eM client is pretty nice.

As long as the data files are Unicode format (they are if they are larger than 1.92GB), you can use them in Outlook 2010. But if you prefer a new data file, importing won't be a problem either.

As for the version, I happen to like Outlook 2013, but 2010 is fine too. I would avoid 2007 because of it's age - if you are buying, you want a version that will be supported a few years and work on future versions of Windows. You'll get that with 2010/2013, but not with 2007. If you already own a 2007 license, then it's slightly different, but i would still recommend 2010 or 2013.
 

Ed Senior

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I'd agree, Outlook 2010 is the best you can get.

Right click on the file's top folder (Personal Folder), choose Properties, Advanced. Does the format just read 'Personal Folder File', or is there the appendix '(97-2002)'?

Hi Michael, Thank you so much for responding! The Format field simply reads "Personal Folders File" without any "appendix." Is that good or bad? 8~)
 

Ed Senior

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Any 3rd party mail application would need a utility to handle the import. If you don't need the extensibility of Outlook, eM client is pretty nice.

As long as the data files are Unicode format (they are if they are larger than 1.92GB), you can use them in Outlook 2010. But if you prefer a new data file, importing won't be a problem either.

As for the version, I happen to like Outlook 2013, but 2010 is fine too. I would avoid 2007 because of it's age - if you are buying, you want a version that will be supported a few years and work on future versions of Windows. You'll get that with 2010/2013, but not with 2007. If you already own a 2007 license, then it's slightly different, but i would still recommend 2010 or 2013.
Hi Diane, Thank you for your response! I have seen some opinions that 2007 and 2010 are closely related, whereas you indicate that 2010 and 2013 are closely related. Either way, 2010 might be the sweet spot for my purposes. (I'm very put off by reviews describing major installation headaches with 2013. I guess I'm not "feeling lucky," as Clint would say.)
 

Diane Poremsky

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For security reasons, I would avoid Office 2007 - it's not so much that it's insecure, but MS will not be updating it, like they do 2010. The newer versions have better security features too, like read-only attachments (which are easily disabled by users). Plus, it's 7, 8 years old.
 
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