Solved Need to get e-mails from outlook

Gateway / E-6100
June 13, 2013 at 07:33:27
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium sp1, AMD Anthlon x2 3.0 64 bit
I use outlook. I have alot of e-mails. I got to find a way to backup the e-mails. The reason why is This computer almost did not boot. I got it to boot finally. I am really not sure what the deal is. But It is kinda old I use it as my XP computer using it as a server. Not really a server I just use it to share my printer and my external drive with other computers in my home. Right now I am concerned about my e-mails. I can copy all of them out of the inbox from outlook. The problem is if this computer dies I may not have outlook to open these e-mails for awhile. I may get another computer maybe a Windows 7 Computer (I do not like 8) to use as my server. If I just backup the whole drive with true image that will do no good because it will restore the OS and if this computer is dead then that backup of the whole drive is useless. Anyway if for some reason I run into more booting problems what file do I search for on the drive that has my mail?

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#1
June 13, 2013 at 08:27:42
I suggest you export your e-mails from Outlook (File/Export/Messages) and then you import them into your new e-mail client on the new computer.

I performed that from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail since Windows 7 does not offer a builtin mail client anymore. Perform export daily or the same frequency you get a backup to be ready when the computer crash occurs. Obviously you can reload your messages onto the mail client you prefer.


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#2
June 13, 2013 at 08:35:09
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I hope you already have some sort of backup regime for your computer, in which case all you need to do is make sure the .pst file for your email account(s) are included in the regular backup. If you click the 'file' menu and select 'data file management' that will show you where your ,pst file(s) are located.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#3
June 13, 2013 at 11:48:34
For several years, I've used pfbackup from Microsoft. You can configure the backup location and the frequency of backups. The program is a free download.

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#4
June 13, 2013 at 18:29:53
OK I clicked the file menue and did what johnr said. I found the folder

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

I did not see any e-mail's in that folder. Should I? I see 2 files one is extend.dat and the other is named Outlook it is 13 MB and is a Office data file. I do have a backup program acronis true image. I have tried once to backup e-mail before a format and it never restored or somthing went wrong I cannot remember. But I think the computer is OK for now. I took ram sound card harddrive to try and track the problem. I think it was a bad stick of ram. Thanks for all the replies. And johnr I was wanting to know the file name of an e-mail. It may come in handy Thanks


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#5
June 13, 2013 at 19:14:13
OK I have the issue narrowed down too 2 things. One of the ram sticks may be bad. And the system would not boot when my external is connected to the USB. I am going to test the memory. I got the external connected to my laptop. I am going to see if it boots with the external connected. I sure hope the drive is OK. I got it off ebay hoping I was saving a little money.
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Laptop boots fine with external. Maybe the drive is OK. I will try the external on another USB port on the desktop tomorrow. right now storms moving in. Got to take my dog out before it storms. I will leave memtest running all night on that one stick.

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#6
June 14, 2013 at 00:55:16
The .pst file for Outlook is meant for ease of backing up and can only really be recovered by importing it into another copy of Outlook - it stores your messages, contacts, calendars, settings etc. There are programs (mainly paid-for) that can extract the data from the file but I cannot recommend a particular one. The idea is that you can simply set your backup to save this one file and that's it, job done. There isn't an easy way to export and save your messages, contacts etc from Outlook automatically.

From experience, if memtest doesn't find an error with a chip in the first couple of passes then it's unlikely to do so over a longer period unless you have heat issues with a system, but that would not normally cause boot problems, more likely to cause freezing issues.

Due to the age of the computer I would be more inclined to suspect the harddrive, and this is more likely to cause boot issues - use the manufacturer's own diagnostic tool to test it.

Finally, it is not unusual for external harddrives to cause boot problems - often it's simply a case of using a different USB port, but it does indicate a potential failure of some sort, ranging from a motherboard issue to even a power supply failing.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#7
June 14, 2013 at 04:48:57
OK Thanks. The memory is OK. It is a ddr2 400 mhz. The other 2 are ddr2 333 Mhz. It was working fine until I had the boot issue I took the sticks out to narrow down the problem. The system was just running at 333 Mhz bus speed. As far as the drive it may not even be the oringal drive. This computer came from an off lease from a business. It had the Gateway Recovery on the drive but the F11 function did not work. I tried a different USB port and the same happens. And I do have another computer almost exact I could use the power supply to test when I have time.

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