Outlook wants to access unwanted pst file.


G

G Mulcaster

Hi folks,

From Win XP I did a custom install of Windows 7. In addition to the
Easy Transfer Wizard and Windows.old backups, I did numerous other
manual backups to my internal "D" drive.

Outlook 2003 is being used.

One of these backups was D:\Office PST Backup\Outlook.pst

After the Win 7 install, I used Easy Transfer to move my files and
settings to "C" prior to installing the programs.

Now when I activate Outlook the expected .pst presents, but then a cue
"path specified in D:\Office PST Backup\Outlook.pst not found".

If I go to Outlook\File\Data File Management and delete the offending
file, I then get an "Operation Failed" on Outlook startup. It works
on the second attempt but then goes through the Backup\Outlook.pst not
found procedure again.

Same thing happens if I delete the Backup\Outlook.pst file from thje
"D" drive.

In my Outlook Navigation pane I only have one personal folder, so I
have nothing to delete there.

I have uninstalled/reinstalled Outlook, and have tried various pst
files with no luck.

Is there a way to force Outlook into ignoring an unwanted pst?


Thanks, Gary
 
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R

Russ Valentine

You never use WET with Outlook. Your profile is now corrupt. Create a new
one. Use a supported method to migrate your data to the new profile.
 
G

G Mulcaster

You never use WET with Outlook. Your profile is now corrupt. Create a new
one. Use a supported method to migrate your data to the new profile.

Thanks. Working on it.
Gary
 
R

Russ Valentine

The correct methods are posted here daily. If you can't find them let me
know and I'll repost.
 
G

G Mulcaster

The correct methods are posted here daily. If you can't find them let me
know and I'll repost.

Thanks,

I created a new profile then associated it to a backed up pst which I
placed in the AppData/Local/Microsoft/Outlook folder.

Now instead of the" D\Outlook PST Backup\Outlook.pst could not be
found", I'm getting two "The Operation Failed" before Outlook opens on
the third try.

An improvement! I'll keep hacking at it. Old people should be
encouraged to buy Macs rather than PCs :)

Regards, Gary
 
R

Russ Valentine

You haven't found the correct posts. That is not the procedure to follow.
Take a look at these pages for info on Outlook data backup or transfer:
http://www.slipstick.com/config/backup.htm
http://www.howto-outlook.com/Howto/backupandrestore.htm
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010771141033.aspx

Note that some of the information on the Microsoft page is outdated and
contains errors, particularly when applied to Outlook 2003 or 2007.
Specifically:
1. Ignore any advice to copy your PST file to Outlook's default location to
connect it to your profile. Doing so will often corrupt your Outlook
profile. Copy it
anywhere BUT the default location and then open it within your Outlook
profile.
2. Ignore any advice that tells you to use export or import to transfer
Outlook data. That has never been sound advice, but the process has become
too deeply flawed to be of any use.
 
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G

G Mulcaster

You haven't found the correct posts. That is not the procedure to follow.
Take a look at these pages for info on Outlook data backup or transfer:
http://www.slipstick.com/config/backup.htm
http://www.howto-outlook.com/Howto/backupandrestore.htm
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010771141033.aspx

Note that some of the information on the Microsoft page is outdated and
contains errors, particularly when applied to Outlook 2003 or 2007.
Specifically:
1. Ignore any advice to copy your PST file to Outlook's default location to
connect it to your profile. Doing so will often corrupt your Outlook
profile. Copy it
anywhere BUT the default location and then open it within your Outlook
profile.
2. Ignore any advice that tells you to use export or import to transfer
Outlook data. That has never been sound advice, but the process has become
too deeply flawed to be of any use.

Success! Opening the pst within Outlook worked. Your help has been
much appreciated.

Thanks, Gary
 
R

Russ Valentine

Glad to know. YW.
--
Russ Valentine
G Mulcaster said:
Success! Opening the pst within Outlook worked. Your help has been
much appreciated.

Thanks, Gary
 
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