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Windows 7: pst file now tearing my hair out

04 Jan 2011   #1
Griffmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
pst file now tearing my hair out

Hi.

Am trying to Import my XP .pst file (2.8mb) to my Windows 7 with Outlook 2007 Laptop.

All of the usual various error messages appear which litter the Forums and having tried pretty well all of the suggested fixes, stiil can't get my .pst file to load.

Have tried Scanpst but get message saying that 'Inbox repair tool does not recognise the file'

Used Nero to burn a Disc from XP with the .pst file but although Nero completed the disk, did get a message saying errors were present.

Done it three times now with same result so could Nero be the problem?

Can anyone suggest a better program to copy my .pst file with?

Thanks.


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04 Jan 2011   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

I assume you tried copying it using Windows to a USB drive, and then importing it? What error messages did that throw up?
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04 Jan 2011   #3
Griffmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Exported .pst file 'Backup.pst' from Outlook 2003 to CD on XP machine.
Copied 'backup.pst' from CD to Windows 7 HDD.
Using Outlook 2007 on W7 Laptop 'Import from another program or file'.
Choose Personal Folder File (.pst).
Browse to Import 'backup.pst' file from W7 HDD.
Error message tells me 'backup.pst is not a Personal Folder File'
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04 Jan 2011   #4
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi, Griffmaster, welcome to the Seven Forums!

Don't export the pst file to a backup. Just close Outlook 2003 on the XP machine and copy the actual pst file over to your Win 7 machine. It really shouldn't make a difference but since you are having issues with the exported pst file, copy the original pst file.
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04 Jan 2011   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Are you sure you let the entire .pst file get created? 2.8 MB is very very small for an entire .pst file.
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04 Jan 2011   #6
Griffmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Are you sure you let the entire .pst file get created? 2.8 MB is very very small for an entire .pst file.
Sorry to have mislead you, that's 2.8Gb
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04 Jan 2011   #7
Griffmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

[QUOTE=mikedl;1164438]Hi, Griffmaster, welcome to the Seven Forums!
..........copy the actual pst file over to your Win 7 machine.........


I tried to do this to start with as I have always done with XP but the folder where .pst resides Username/Local Settings comes up as 'Local Settings not Accessible. Access is denied'

Tried all of the Googled suggestions for changing permissions but still cannot open or copy across to Outlook which I think resides within Local Settings?
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04 Jan 2011   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can't import a .pst file from a read only source. You also shouldn't copy the file over to a system area. A flash drive would be best, or copy the .pst file to your desktop or a data drive on the new system, then try importing it properly from within Outlook.
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04 Jan 2011   #9
Griffmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thankyou all for your help, I have completed the .pst Import now.

What I did was to copy the Exported backup.pst which was a file within XP and copied that to an external USB HDD as I do not have a large enough Flash Drive with me at present.

I then connected the USB HDD to my Windows 7 Laptop and performed an Import via Outlook and this copied all of my XP Outlook data across.

Some problem must have repeatedly ocurred each time I burnt the XP .pst file to CD which is why I was being told that my .pst file was not a Personal Folder File in other words there was corruption.

Anyway done now so thanks again.
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04 Jan 2011   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Nice one. Perhaps you have some bum CD's? Its always best to burn these at slower speeda anyway to avoid potential corruptions.

Happy days
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