Outlook PST file location and backup

Outlook pst, or Outlook Personal Storage Table (.pst) is a special format of the file, containing all the information associated with the user’s Outlook account. Not only e-mails, but contacts, notes, tasks - all the objects that are visible in the user’s folders tree are stored in PST files.

If Microsoft Outlook works without Exchange server, e-mails are stored in a single PST file on your computer. The question often asked how to backup pst in Outlook 2010 and other versions.

Outlook pst location

By default, the PST file is located in the following path:
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
(turn on “show hidden folders and files” option if folder is hidden).

For Outlook 2010 or 2013 on Windows Vista (or newer) system, location is:
C:\Users\username\Documents\Outlook Files

You can move the PST file at any place you like. To do this, exit Microsoft Outlook and drag the file into the new folder.

Note: It is better to perform the file moving (not copying), because after starting Microsoft Outlook you will be warned that the PST file is not found. You will only need to select the file from the new location, and Microsoft Outlook will continue working.

Outlook .pst backup

Outlook pst files backup is not very difficult. You can create multiple PST files and store them on your local drive, flush or CD. PST file is a universal repository, which is very convenient to use, including transfer from computer to computer.

It’s also possible to add other files to PST-files by simply attaching them to the messages. There are many backup programs that support Outlook backup.

Outlook pst import/export

Built-in “import and export” Outlook options allow you to move messages, contacts, calendar items, notes, and tasks from one computer to another, and restore all the data.

Pst format support

Pst file format is used not only in Outlook, but also in other programs: Microsoft Exchange Client and Windows Messaging. There are also third-party programs, and e-mail services that are able to convert pst file into other formats.

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See Also

Outlook 2007 Backup - the program allows you to not only back up e-mails, but also supports calendars, contacts and other data

Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders Backup

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