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MOVING OUTLOOK FILES TO NEW COMPUTER: I have a new laptop. I want to move the Outlook .pst file (with everything, including contacts) which is huge, to my backup 1TB Maxtor storage, then I'll move the file from there to my new computer. I've tried various solutions a month ago and none worked, but I've forgotten what I've tried. Thanks.

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  • Lance Miller Apr 07, 2011

    I dragged the outlook.pst file, almost 6GB, to the Maxtor drive and immediately got the error that another process had locked the file, error#0x80070021. I've done this before and it's started to copy but takes forever and never is correct.



    So your solution didn't work. Ideas? Thanks.

  • Lance Miller Apr 07, 2011

    sorry: forgot to add that, of course, outlook was closed, no version of outlook was open.

  • Lance Miller Apr 13, 2011

    Yes, no one else knew that the pst file was corrupted. It worked. Thanks

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The Mocrosoft RECOMENDED way is to use Outlook to EXPORT the file to a media (USB drive, DVD, etc...) than IMPORT the .PST file created from the previously exported output fil to the newly installed Outlook, if it's the same Outlook version you could just copy the .PST from the old computer to the new one (in the respective foler) c:\documents and settings\(user name)\local settings\application data\microsoft\outlook\(user name.pst) you will still have to set up your connexion to your mailbox (POP, Exchange, etc...)

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    Tommy Apr 07, 2011

    Than your .PST file is corrupted you must perform a SCANPST.EXE from the Office folder in Program Files, not sure where the scanpst.exe is exactly but look for that file and execute it, and at 6 gigs it can take a long time, than when finished try copying it again...



    Hope this helps!

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Hi There and Welcome to Fixya.

This is rather an intricate feat and well detailed explanations are quite a necessity. In a nutshell, here's what you want to happen :

  • Locate your pst file
  • backup (copy) your pst file
  • transfer the pst file to another storage (or computer)
If you manage to complete the above procedure, then for sure, you'll be able to load the same pst file to your brand new laptop with MSOutlook installed. It's not ideal to post the entire procedure here due to it's length, so I am providing the link below :

MSOutlook pst guide

This is a page maintained by Microsoft and it entails a step by step procedure on hot to get these done. You will also learn some helpful items surrounding msoutlook (usage, tips n tricks) by going through this page.

I am quite sure that this is a help for you.

Thank you so much for using FixYa.

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