How do you find old outlook data files?

Question

My laptop died. I now have the hard drive from the laptop connected to a new computer as an external usb drive. I am trying to get my outlook data files from the old computer's hard drive to the new computer outlook data file. I am not sure where to find my old outlook data files, and how do I add them to my new computer's outlook database?

Answer

This question was answered on November 11, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

To find the files you want, type the following into the address line in the My Computer window, replacing “[you user name]” with your own user ID: “C:\Documets and Settings\ [your user name] \Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.” (Look in the User Accounts control panel if your not sure of your user name; if the original hard drive now has a new drive letter, change “C” to whatever it should be.)

Drag the “Outlook” data file to your desktop Run Outlook and select “Import and Export” from its File menu Choose “Import from another program of file” as your action to perform, then “Personal Folder File (.pst)’ as the type of file to import Last, click the “Browse” button to find your old file.

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Posted by Kenward of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on November 11, 2005