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Trying to recover Outlook contacts and calendar

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by laskozinin, Aug 11, 2014.

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  1. laskozinin

    laskozinin Thread Starter

    Aug 11, 2014
    Trying to recover Outlook contacts and calendar from a HDD that cannot boot. therefore the .pst file cannot be exported. Is there a way to get the .pst and .ost files without actually running the Outlook program? And about a week ago, Outlook froze up; not receiving any new emails, unable to delete the old emails in the Inbox, and unable to clear the Deleted folder. Any ideas?
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Moving thread from Vista to Web & Email forum.

    Sometimes the hard drive is too defective to retrieve any files. Often a "hardware" and/or a "software" method can be used to retrieve some or many files that were not backed up for some reason. The "hardware" way is to install the hard drive into a USB enclosure and connect it to another computer. The "software" way is to boot to a "rescue disk" (CD, DVD or USB flash drive). My choice is Puppy Linux.
  3. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    You don't need to boot to get to a PST file, simply plug the drive into another computer as a secondary drive or use a bootable OS such as the Puppy Linux mentioned above and find the PST, then copy the PST file. You can then import the PST into Outlook on the computer.

    If there is corruption in the PST then you can SCANPST that is installed with every Outlook to attempt a repair.
  4. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    i have removed the link to the payfor site - just that we get a lot of this type of entry from a 1 post entry as spam - benefit of the doubt
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