Most of the professionals today have Microsoft Outlook as their center of the workflow. Microsoft Outlook stores emails, contacts, appointments, tasks, notes, journals, etc. in two locations – In personal storage table (.pst) file on your hard disk or in a mailbox located on the server (when you are using Outlook with Microsoft Exchange Server). For a user, it is important to have a periodical backup of PST data in case of a PST file corruption or to move to a different version of Outlook. In general, the user needs a PST backup file in cases such as
Using the backup of PST data, the user can move entire or selective PST data to another version of Outlook (say 2016) quite easily. The migration of PST data can be performed in two stages. Both the stages are to be followed sequentially. To import a PST file, you must have a backup of .pst file from your previous Outlook version. For this, you can use old as well as currently backed up .pst file. You can export the entire PST data or can export a selected folder to a new .pst file.
Look at the process below to migrate Outlook 2010 PST data to Outlook 2016.
To export mailbox data to an Outlook .pst file, follow the steps given below:
Here, only Inbox folder is selected to export to a .pst file or to have a backup of inbox items.
One more option is available to apply Filter to select particular items from the folder. With advanced filters, you can select important emails from your folder.
Import Outlook 2010 .pst file into Outlook 2016 using the given steps:
Through the above 2-staged manual technique to import Outlook 2010 PST data to Outlook 2016, users can migrate emails with attachments, contacts, calendar and calendar. And there is no deletion of this data from the source Outlook even after importing to Outlook 2016.
On the other hand, Outlook does not import/export message rules, folder properties ( views, permissions, and AutoArchive settings), and blocked senders lists.
Using Export/Import wizard of MS Outlook to migrate the PST data is helpful but not completely successful. The drawbacks include time-consumption and less effectiveness. Slight mistake in the procedure may lead to the corruption of file. Manual and free methods seem quite alluring, but a small mistake might risk your data.
Kernel for Outlook PST Repair, a third-party tool can eliminate all such risks and save PST data in the original form in Outlook. The tool is cost-efficient and error-free. You can save your PST files in different formats (EML and MSG) without any change in original structure. You can repair PST file of any size, i.e., the tool is free from any file size limitation. One exclusive feature is migration from Outlook PST to Office 365. Its extensive features easy the job of the user to migrate PST data from one Outlook version to another Outlook version.
The Import/Export feature of Microsoft Outlook application helps users to move PST file data from one Outlook version to another. But, as it is a manual procedure, it is not devoid of some undesirable limitations which can lead to corruption and data loss. Here, the best solution would be a smart and advanced PST Repair tool.