Salvaging pst file on dying hard drive


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Masterman

I have a hard drive that has begun the all too hauntingly familiar
clicking sound indicating that the reading needle is about to fail. I
cannot boot off this hard drive without it freezing up and clicking
non-stop. I have hooked up the HD as a slave on another computer and
salvaged all my important files except any mail-contacts-calendar from
Microsoft Outlook. I need this information more than any other.
I cannot access the "Owner" log on and I am under the impression that
the pst files are saved under this identity. (Owner\Local
Settings\Application Data\Outlook\archive.pst from my research this is
where I need to go)
Does anyone have an idea as to how I can salvage my past
emails/contacts/calendar information without booting on the damaged HD
or running Outlook?
 
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Bazwaz

AFAIK you should be able to access the PST file. And copy it somewhere
safe.

I can do this over a network. I can't see why you can't do it with a slave
drive.

Sometimes there is a timeout problem with PST files.
You can't handle them until Outlook has really let go.
You can't just close the file in Outlook, you have to close the Outlook
programme too..

Is the folder containing the file visible or hidden ?
If hidden you can unhide these folders buy using the Tools/Options/View menu
in Window explorer.

If there is a hassle with NTFS permissions, you can become proprietor of the
folder and/or file
Tell Windows you want to be the owner of that file
Right Click on it
Properties
Security
Advanced
Owner
Click on your user name.
When you are the owner you should be able to move it.

Bazwaz
 
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Brian Tillman

Masterman said:
I cannot access the "Owner" log on and I am under the impression that
the pst files are saved under this identity. (Owner\Local
Settings\Application Data\Outlook\archive.pst from my research this is
where I need to go)
Not usually. It's usually on x:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local
Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook, where {username} is the name of
the Windows user you had defined on that PC. You may have to take ownership
of the data in order to access it properly and the Local Settings folder is
usally hidden, so make sure you enable viewing hidden files and folders.
 

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