Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Procedure To Import OST Files To MS Outlook

You might have had to face many situations where you needed to perform OST to PST conversion. This might be for accessing emails, contacts, etcetera that is stored in OST file. For instance, let us analyse a situation to understand when you may need to convert OST to PST. In case, you have joined a new company on contractual basis for a year. You might be given a MS Outlook account, which you can also use it at work in the offline mode when you are not connected to an Exchange Server.

Then, consider this situation, when after a year your contract is renewed, you are having some time gap in between like two months. When you join the company again, you find that your mailbox from Exchange Server is deleted and you will be surprised to find that your inbox is now empty but the old OST file is still available. Then you will certainly need a way to import OST file to Outlook, so that you can have access to your old emails, contacts, notes, etc.

Even if your mailbox from Exchange Server is deleted, you have no reason to worry. This is because you still have a chance to recover emails, notes, contacts, etc. from old OST file. But, if the old profile is deleted, you can try a system restore in order to retrieve data from the OST file.

When you perform the system restore to an earlier time point, (this is the point when you used your Outlook the last time). Outlook will get its old settings that will allow you to access to the OST file in the offline mode. Here are the Outlook help steps to guide you through the process:

Outlook help instructions:
  • Select ‘Start’. Then go to ‘All Programs’ and then ‘Accessories’ and after that ‘System Tools’ and finally ‘System Restore’. Then the ‘System Restore’ dialog box appears. 
  • Select the ‘Restore my computer to an earlier time’ option and then click on the ‘Next’ button. 
  • The wizard will show you many restore points. Check if a restore point indicates the date on which you used Outlook the last time. 
  • In case, you find the date, select it, and then click on the ‘Next’ button and let the wizard do its work. 
  • This process may take some time. When the system has been restored, then start ‘Outlook’, and then go in offline mode for working with the old Outlook file.
The above steps should help you resolve your problem and after that you will be able to access the old emails or data.

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