Retrieving Outlook emails and address from OST to PST

Microsoft Outlook
Hi, I like to ask, is there a way other than converting OST file to PST, you can achieve for retrieving emails and addresses from an OST file to PST? I googled and there is an option where you can convert it using software but you have to pay for it which I cannot afford at this stage. The customer brought to me his OST file for me to build the OST file into Outlook so he can access his old contacts and of course a few of his emails which are relevant to him but of course MS Outlook cannot read it unless it is in PST. He had finished with the company he used to work for. Can someone guide or help?

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You can follow these steps it may help you in converting your OST file to PST file folder.

  • Open Microsoft Outlook client on your system.
  • Open the OST file which you want to move to a new PST folder.
  • Then go to the  Cleanup Tools
  • Select Archive in the list scrolled down and then Archive dialog box will appear there.
  • Then Archive this folder and all subfolders drop box is already checked by default. If it is not, then check it.
  • Now select folder from the list that you want to move.
  • On the same screen, archive items older than option is available and then choose a date from the calendar.
  • Now go to Browse to define a location to save new PST file.
  • In the edit box, you can see PST files and then click OK to start the process.
  • Now your new PST file contains the mailbox archived from OST files.
If you want to use manual solution then you need the be logged in with the original MAPI profile, Outlook Export option will allow you to export offline OST file to PST format.
You can see some other manual procedures to convert OST to PST.

But, if none of the above things work, you can go for an automated OST to PST converter.

Cheers !!

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Kernel for ost to pst, is a small software which can convert at least 25 items per folder. You can try this one.
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  • adommac
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  • davidboon

    The user has a variety of options to choose and try OST to PST Migration Tool But OST to PST Converter guides step by step to change OST file from MS Outlook. You can get more information about the software from here:

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  • Subhendu Sen
    The Import/ Export feature of MS Outlook can be used to export the contacts to a PST file. However, this method works only when the users are connected to the Server through their Exchange profiles. However this feature depends on Outlook version also.
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  • rudiwilson

    Export highly corrupted OST files into PST, Office 365 & Live Exchange Server. so you can keep your data safe and get access to that deleted files and folder. by using OST to PST Converter batch conversion is also possible and it support window server 2003, 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2 2016.

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  • vedsharma407
    If you want to recover and convert OST to PST files without any barrier, then I would suggest you go with a third party OST to PST Converter tool. You can read below-provided a blog to know in detail.
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  • shivk07
    Have a look here:
    This is very effectiev and informative blog on OST to PST conversion. may be it helps you.
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  • Subhendu Sen

    You can move the items to a new PST. For this create a new PST in your profile & then drag the folders you want to take with you to the PST.

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