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Outlook.pst SEEMS to be hidden

When I do a Search (with the search-also-hidden ON) I can find my outlook.pst. However, when I use Windows Explorer to look in the sub-directory, I can not see it. I have already set Show-hidden-files ON.

I want to make sure it is backed up when my scheduled back up software is executed.


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  • Tribble2 Jan 08, 2009

    I have the same problem.

    It is on my company Computer, Outlook 2003.

    I have a work around: export your PST contents to a PST file. Now, use that new file instead of the old for handling your mail, etc. This file will be visible in the directory.



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I have found out there are two paths on my computer

C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Note one has Local Settings in it. This folder contains the default directory for the outlook files. Mine were split between the two directories.

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Hi there
When you find the file all you have to do is copy the file to your documents, if you have to right click on it, go to properties and uncheck "hidden" you will then be able to view the file and copy it to a flash drive or any other removable media, Microsoft do this for security reasons

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Posted on Dec 23, 2008


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