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There are only 2 ways to backup Outlook contacts: using the built-in Outlook Export option, or special software for backup.
All Outlook versions have the built-in options to export contacts. This backup strategy has its pros and cons:
The main disadvantage of that strategy you have to make extra efforts for backup: transfer exported file to a flash drive or cloud storage (in the case of a hard drive crash, all files on the disk will be lost).
If you choose Export option to backup Outlook 2007 contacts, remember that there is also the Offline Address Book (OAB) in this version of Outlook (loads its data to .OST file).
Your goal is to save only your contacts, not OAB, because OAB is only a copy of the address book downloaded to your computer from Exchange Server (so, backup of this file does not make much sense). A similar situation arises when you want to backup Outlook 2010 contacts.
Using third-party software also has its pros and cons:
The main disadvantage of this strategy is the backup programs usually are not able to backup Outlook contacts separately (usually do a full backup instead), this increases the space needed to store your backups. However, in the era of disk-space-decrease-cost and the availability of large cloud storages, this disadvantage is losing its importance.
Handy Backup as a specialized backup program can efficiently backup Outlook contacts. Read more about Outlook backup.
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