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Outlook PST file over written file reovery

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by emagine, Apr 3, 2008.

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  1. emagine

    emagine Thread Starter

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    Hi guys.

    Ok, stupidly I was copying my outlook PST file from my laptop to my desktop PC. The PST file on the laptop was to most up to date version. But I think I was still half asleep and I copied the files the wrong way round. I realised almost immediately and cancelled the copying but I have now lost my PST file on the laptop.

    I have no run outlook yet so no PST file has been created on the laptop.

    Is there ANYWAY i can recover the partially over written file?
    Does it get renamed as a temp file anywhere?

    Cheers in advance

    Stuart
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

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    There is no such thing as a partially overwritten file. Like being partially pregnant.

    Are you certain you overwrote the exact file on the laptop that was in use before. Or did you just copy another PST file there, leave the original on the laptop in place?

    Can you give details for what was done.
     
  3. ozrom1e

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    Nope! Sorry but unless you have a backup of the file somewhere it is lost.

    I would suggest using Acronis True Image for backing up your hard drive http://www.acronis.com
     
  4. emagine

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    Hi Bob,

    Ok I had the two windows open.... one with the laptop PST file in, one with the desktop PST file in. I dragged the desktop PST file to the Laptop PST holding folder and windows began the copying process.
    I cancelled it almost straight away with the cancel button. But this means there is no PST file in the Laptop outlook folder anymore.

    The exact address for this folder is:

    C:\Documents and Settings\Stuart Nicholls\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

    thanks
     
  5. Bob Cerelli

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    Since that is the typical default location for a PST file, if there is nothing there right now, then likely the original is gone.

    Can you double check the Outlook Data file location by going to the Control Panel / Mail icon.
     
  6. emagine

    emagine Thread Starter

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    yes that does seem to be confirmed as the files location.

    Oooooh dear..... and no file recovery tools will help?

    Bugger.... in advance :(
     
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