How to manage .pst files in Outlook 2007, in Outlook 2003, and in Outlook 2002
This article describes how to back up data that you created in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, and in Microsoft Outlook 2002. The data that is described in this article includes messages, contacts, appointments, tasks, notes, and journal entries.
Microsoft Outlook stores messages, contacts, appointments, tasks, notes, and journal entries data in Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) folders. MAPI folders can be stored in one of the two following locations
In a personal folders (.pst) file on your hard disk drive.
In a mailbox that is located on the server if you are using Outlook with Microsoft Exchange Server.
If you back up data that you created in Outlook, you can do the following depending on your situation:
Restore data that is lost or damaged because of a hardware failure.
Restore data that has been lost because on unexpected events.
Move or transfer data to a different hard disk drive that is either located on the same computer or on a different computer.
Move or transfer data to a from the original hard disk drive to a hard disk drive that is located on a different computer.
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