For simplifying the usage of contacts folders in a mailbox, Outlook uses personal or public folder as an email address book. Your Personal Address Book might contain contact information and e-mail addresses that are not available in your Outlook Address Book. Therefore, it is must to backup Personal Address Book, so that contacts saved in it can be restored at the time of any disaster.
However, Personal Address Book creates a separate file that is stored on hard disk drive of your computer but it is recommended to check whether this address book is backed up. To confirm the back up of address book, always include any file with .pab extension in you backup process.
Follow these steps to locate your Personal Address Book file:
- If you are running Windows Vista: Click Start.
- If you are running Windows XP: Click Start, and then click Search.
- If you are running Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98: Click Start, point to Find, and then click Files or Folders.
- If you are running Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me): click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
- Type *.pab, and then press ENTER or click Find Now.
Once the .pab file is located, note down that location. Use My Computer or Windows Explorer to copy the .pab file to the location or folder where backup of .pst file is stored. This backup can be further used to restore Personal Address Book or transfer contacts to another computer.
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