Copying pst file while Outlook running


H

Hall

Is it possible to copy my local pst file to backup while my Outlook is
running?

Any program I try to touch it (including DOS bat files with the copy
command) result in an error message that another program is using it.
 
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Al Dykes

No.
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Russ Valentine
[MVP-Outlook]
Hall said:
Is it possible to copy my local pst file to backup while my Outlook is
running?

Any program I try to touch it (including DOS bat files with the copy
command) result in an error message that another program is using it.

Is there any good third-party software that will make a shadow copy of
outlook.pst in some form ? This is a PITA for people that run
automated backup processes in they are not in the habit of closing
Outlook.
 
B

Ben M. Schorr - MVP

Is there any good third-party software that will make a shadow copy of
outlook.pst in some form ? This is a PITA for people that run
automated backup processes in they are not in the habit of closing
Outlook.
Most good backup software includes an open-file handler. If you're using
WindowsXP you could also look into the volume shadow copy service, though
that seems like overkill.

Might be easier just to ask people to close Outlook at the end of the day
so you can get a backup.
 
B

Brian Tillman

Paul Mckenna said:
How about NTBackup.. Works for me :)
There's no guarantee that the backup you make of an open file using NTBackup
is internally consistent such that, were you to lose the original, the
backup would operate normally (or at all) in its place.
 
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R

Ron

You cannot copy the PST file while Outlook is running. You can however
export your files to create a PST file that is right up to date. Just go to
FILE/IMPORT and EXPORT and follow the prompts.
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Ron P

Sometimes you're the windshield:)
Sometimes you're the bug:(

Either way it is a mess!!

newdoverman at yahoo dot ca
 
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