Backup Microsoft® Outlook® PST files
Read on to know more about the PST files in Microsoft Outlook.
In the computing world, a Personal Storage Table file (PST file) is an open proprietary file format used to store copies of messages, calendar events, and other items within Microsoft software such as Windows Messaging, Microsoft Outlook. Outlook from Microsoft Corporation is a personal data manager, which is very popular among the current users. It is a fact that working with the Outlook 2007 is very interesting as the features included are of superior quality. Microsoft Outlook 2007 comes with an advanced feature known as Cached Exchange Mode and when turned on this option stores a copy of all the mailbox data locally on PC or laptop. The open format is controlled by Microsoft that provides free specifications and free irrevocable technology licensing. PST can also described as 'Personal Store' as in the Outlook personal mail storage. PST files are generally fairly complex databases that contain the mail, calendar, contacts and even more. The default location changes with the change in operating system.
Following is the description, automatic and manual method to backup the PST files in Microsoft Outlook 2007:
- Automatic method
- Manual method
Sometimes it may be necessary to clean up the PST file in MS Outlook. So the user needs to be safe and make a backup copy of the PST files. It is important to repair the PST files because sometimes a PST file can be corrupt but MS Outlook does not know until after the user may compact it. There is a chance that the user can compact a corrupted PST file, the PST file and all the mail may become inaccessible.
There is a downloadable software tool known as the MS Outlook PST backup software and the installation of this software is referred to as the automatic method for backing up. This method is efficient and this software may save an automatically backed up copy always, which is effective to prevent the undesirable loss and associated problems. The software tools for backup is separate for each version and downloads and installs that of MS Outlook 2007 in this case.
The user can easily make a copy of the PST file on the hard drive. To make a copy, go to Windows Explorer and right click on the PST file and click copy. Now Right click in the white space on the right frame of Windows Explorer and click Paste. Then the name of the new file will be 'Copy of filename' where filename is the name of the Outlook PST file. The user can rename the backup copy by right clicking on the file name, clicking rename, typing in a new name, and pressing enter.
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