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Need to move/save Outlook pst file and folders

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by masconomo, Feb 27, 2009.

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  1. masconomo

    masconomo Thread Starter

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    OK -- so I get this email from my company telling me that they want everybody to get rid of their emails older than 6 months and they will be discontinuing the pst archive folders. But I want to save all my old emails. I'm not sure what the best way to do that is, or, how to do it. I can I move the pst with all my emails (from the latest autoarchive) to my external HD? Will the format and attachments be there with this move. Or perhaps I can backup in some way like a dvd. Thanks for any help you can provide!
     
  2. pinntech

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    Sure, you can copy (recommended) or even move your PST files to any device you want to put it on. I would strongly recommend an external hard drive. The reason for this is that if you need to access the archive later on, you don't really want to have to keep putting in a CD or DVD to access it.

    Now, my questions are….

    Where are you archives currently stored? Are they on a server drive or are they stored locally on your desktop computer?

    The reason I am asking is that normally administrators will not “put pressure” on users to remove older emails if they are not stored directly in Exchange or the archives are not stored on a server drive. I.e. they are trying to free up either space or prevent Exchange boxes from getting too large.

    You may also want to check with your admins to see if it is okay to copy the archives. If your archives are stored on a server drive, you may want to ask the admins if it is okay to setup auto-archiving to go to your local PC or to your external hard disk drive instead of the server drive. Of course, then you would be responsible for backing up and securing the archives and not the admins.

    Thanks!

    Shane
     
  3. AKAJohnDoe

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    You might want to check with the company lawyers. Those emails are not yours; they are the company's. If it can be shown that any archives, backups, or saved .pst's exist, that opens the door to complete discovery.
     
  4. Triple6

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    I think you should talk to your IT department about backing up your email. They should be able to provide you with the details hwo to do that if they allow that. Some companies are very strict on such matters and we shouldn't assist you with such matters. FOr the reason that this is a business computer I think this thread needs to be closed.
     
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