Access Stored Folder in Outlook

January 25, 2009 at 20:20:37
Specs: Vista Ultimate, 1 Gig RD RAM
Hi all.

My PC is set up so that when the PC is turned off I can remove the HD cassette and replace it with another HD with another OS there on.

As much as possible, I have my data and programs stored on an internal Slave Drive and access to these is made via short cuts on each of the HD's/OS's. This includes my Outlook Express mail and mail folders

If I run my 2K HD I can access my Outlook Express files and Mail

If I use my XP PRO HD the same applies and nothing is lost.

I can achieve this by the following configuration in Outlook Express:

Tools>Options>Maintenance and (click) Store folder. At this point I path to the slave drive.

I have just installed Vista Ultimate with Outlook installed on it (not Outlook Express) as I believe that is no longer found on Vista.

My question, is it possible to do the same type pathing from Outlook?

Try as I may I can not find a "Maintenance" tab within Outlook.

Using the path from Tools (in Outlook), I find the word/link Archives and then pathing down that path finishing with "archive.pst".

Is the item "Archive" the same as "Maintenance" within Outlook Express?

So my question relates to pathing issues between Outlook and Outlook Express.

All help appreciated.

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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#1
January 26, 2009 at 05:42:13
You need to determine where you are going to store your Outlook.pst file. Default for each profile is C:\Documents and Settings\userid\Local Settings\Microsoft\Outlook (not sure about in Vista, but it may be the same).

If you don't want to use that location, then you'll need to start Outlook and configure it for your email account. Then, close Outlook.

Go to the location of the newly created file and move it to the location on your Slave drive where you want it to be stored.

Then, when you reopen Outlook, it will generate an error that it can't find the pst file. You will then browse to and point to the new location of the file.

You'll need to do this for both HDDs if you're using Outlook on both of them.

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#2
January 26, 2009 at 16:13:11
Hi Jennifer.

Thanks for the reply. I will give your suggestion a go in the next day or so when time permits. It sounds promising.

It is strange though, when I load Vista's other mail program, Windows Mail, I find there is a function under maintenance to move the storage of the files else where, however,when I move it to the Slave drive all the advice boxes indicated that all is well, right up to the last command when I get an error message to the effect, "unable to make registry changes for the storage location change", or words to that effect.

Here we have Vista Ultimate,the flagship of Microsoft, and it fails where earlier versions do not have any problem with this move....Strange!!

I will advise how you suggestion went.

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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#3
January 26, 2009 at 18:28:12
Hi Jennifer.

No joy. The main mail service that I use on all my OS's is Outlook Express which uses the.dbx file system not the .pst as in Outlook. I overlooked this when I submitted this post, sorry.

For me to make the change of all the OS's to Outlook is a major job which I do not really relish at this point of time, that is assuming that Outlook would indeed import and convert the .dbx files to the .pst format.

I know it will import the addresses from OE.

At the moment I have another post on the Vista section of this forum asking if OE 6 can be loaded onto Vista and used as the main mail service.

Again if you have anything to contribute it would be most appreciated.

If that is the case I may be saved.

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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#4
January 27, 2009 at 07:51:34
Outlook will indeed import contacts/mail/account settings from Outlook Express, and it's a much better program (in my opinion.)

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#5
January 27, 2009 at 19:47:50
Hi Jennifer.

I think I may have confused you.

I do not want to import my files etc. into a mail program, I want the mail program (file storage) in Vista to point to/path to a common storage location on the slave drive.

I want this so that no matter what drive/OS I have installed into the cassette/C Drive my mail will be accessible each time.

The problem as I see it so far is that all Windows O.S. mail services (programs) use .dbx files........except Vista!

What is really needed is a program that can be run in Vista that will make it recognize .dbx files but what I have found so far, none will. :-(

So it looks like I may be between a rock and a hard place.

I do not dispute your suggestion that Outlook is a superior program but from memory I do not think there is a facility within that program that will allow me to save the mail folders to another location/drive, i.e. my slave drive from where "all" OS can get at it.

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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#6
January 28, 2009 at 10:50:36
I'm not confused. "The problem as I see it so far is that all Windows O.S. mail services (programs) use .dbx files........except Vista" Windows doesn't have integrated email programs. You would use a third-party program, Eudora, OE, Outlook, Pegasus, etc. etc. Until Vista, which has "Windows Mail."

"I do not think there is a facility within that program that will allow me to save the mail folders to another location/drive, i.e. my slave drive from where "all" OS can get at it." Yes, there is, as long as you have Outlook installed on each OS. That's the beauty in it. It's easily configurable to point to a non-default location for the Mail/Contacts/Calendar/Journaling/Tasks/Notes, etc.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#7
January 29, 2009 at 22:59:43
Hi again Jennifer.

That is where my problem lays.

How do I configure from within Outlook to do just that?

I can not find anything similar to:

Tools>Options>Maintenance then button for entry box "store location" as found in all OE programs.

With that set up 'ALL' my mail and files are stored on the slave only the actual email program receiving mail is loaded on each drive but_ they_ all point/path to the slave.

What/where are these steps you refer to within Outlook that will allow me to do this as I can't find them?

Outlook Express actually has a built in function to path to anywhere and this is what I can not find in Outlook.

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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#8
January 30, 2009 at 17:31:29
I already told you that in Response number 1. :)

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What a shame
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#9
January 31, 2009 at 05:46:15
Yep Jennifer that you did.

I think that I should learn to read the replies more thoroughly. I think I may have had something on my mind at the time.

Thanks for that.

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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