Solved: retrieving contacts from outlook?

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jjohnson20

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Is it possible to retrieve a contact list from a backup?
Reason I ask is that I made a full system backup in order to wipe my drive and start clean. I also exported all my documents to cd beforehand. However, I failed to save my contact list to the cd.

So can I just restore contacts and nothing else?

I run Win XP pro P IV w/ office XP pro, and used MS backup.
TIA,
Jesse
 
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I do not think you can retrieve just the contact list, however I think it may be possible to retrieve contacts plus all email etc. you had when you made the backup.

I do not claim to be any type of computer guru, but I have recently had almost the exact problem, so I am going to tell you how I resolved my problem and you decide whether you want to try the same.

1 The first thing I did and suggest you do also is save a copy of the current outlook folder in a work folder for safe keeping just in case.

2 You will find that you will need a total of 3 files located in the outlook folder " archive.pst, extend.dat and outlook.pst." DO NOT restore to original location, make ANOTHER work folder.

3 Copy the 3 files you restored from backup to the current outlook folder.


I was not able to combine the few contacts and emails I got when I first started using the new installed outlook.

Good Luck
Bill Roland
 

jjohnson20

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Thanks for the reply Bill. I appreciate your help.

Thing is, I don't SEE an outlook folder in my backup anywhere. Where would it be located? I've gone down most of the "pertinent" spots I thought to look?

Jesse
 
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