PST->Outlook.com (Import vs Drag-n-Drop methods

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rseiler

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Diane,

I was all but sure you had an article about this, but I can't find it now.

What is the current best practice for getting a single <1GB .PST (including Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes) into Outlook.com? I've always used drag-n-drop when switching between PSTs, and I think there was an advantage to that, but I don't recall what that advantage was now or know whether it applies when going to Outlook.com.

Or is the Outlook "Import from another program or file" actually fine?

The goal here ultimately is to use Outlook 2016/365 against Outlook.com the modern way and ditch the PST (currently used with POP3--no mail currently resides on Outlook.com, as it's all in the PST), which is just too much of a headache to deal with now.

Thanks
 

Diane Poremsky

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The goal here ultimately is to use Outlook 2016/365 against Outlook.com the modern way and ditch the PST (currently used with POP3--no mail currently resides on Outlook.com, as it's all in the PST), which is just too much of a headache to deal with now.
If you are moving things into an Exchange account, either moving yourself or importing is ok. Importing is generally faster, unless you only have a few folders. The exception is the calendar IF you have meetings - importing creates copies, while moving generally preserves the meeting.
 

rseiler

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Thanks. Looks like I'm back up and running, give or take some conditional formatting fun and some small things. Anecdotally, it seems like both actions are doing the same thing ultimately, but maybe the import is a little more robust somehow (plus, it's more versatile with that option about duplicates). I used it for the big stuff, but dragged for some small things and the calendar, which was not much more than 1000 items. That hung Outlook twice in a row before the progress bar could complete. The import method for the calendar worked on the first try.
 
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