A Simple Way to Move Outlook OST File to a New Computer

Manisha Rawat    Manisha Rawat     Updated On - 14 May 2019

OST is a file format used by Outlook; OST is an offline folder file that allows you to access emails even if you are not online. If you are looking to migrate OST files to a new computer, then this blog is going to help you with. There is no doubt how important an OST file. If you want to move OST file to a new computer, then there are indirect ways to do that. Let’s see what they are.

If you are the owner of the Exchange profile, you can configure your account in the Outlook in the new computer and simply download the mailbox data from Exchange server. But if you want to transfer OST file data to another user, you can convert OST a PST and then transfer it to the new computer. The new user can import the PST file to his mailbox.

Here we are going to try the second method, where you first convert OST to PST and the migrate PST to a new Computer. So, you need to start with OST to PST conversion. Let’s start the process:

Step 1- Locate OST in your system

To locate an OST file in your system, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Open Control Panel and click on Mail.

  2. Note: Make sure that your view filter is set to Large icons.

  3. Select Email Accounts in the “Mail Setup” dialogue box.
  4. Now, go to the Data Files tab and select the desired account. Click on Open File Location to know the location of the OST file.
  5. The location of your PST file will be opened.

Step 2- Convert OST to PST

In this step, you need to convert OST to PST. Though you can export OST mailbox data to PST using the Export feature of Outlook, here we are using Kernel for OST to PST Converter. Follow below mentioned steps to convert an OST to PST.

  1. Install and run the software and click on the Browse button to select the OST file. Click on Next button to proceed.

  2. NOTE: Using the tool, you can search for OST files too (use the Search button).

  3. Here you can have the preview of the items in the OST file. Click Save.
  4. Select PST file (MS Outlook) and click on Next.
  5. Apply mailbox data filters as per your requirements. Click on Next.
  6. Manage PST file by deciding whether to split it or attach a prefix. Click Next.
  7. Provide a destination to the new file and decide on the conversion of deleted items. Click on Finish to start the saving process.
  8. After saving the data, click on OK.

Step 3- Copy newly created PST to an external Hard Disk

Now, attach a hard disk or any other external drive to the system and copy the newly created PST to it. You can use this device to transfer your mailbox data to another PC.

Step 4- Create a new Outlook profile on the new system

Once you are done with creating and copying the PST on the new system, open Outlook. If you have not already configured Outlook profile, you have to configure a new profile to proceed. Once the profile is configured, proceed to the next step.

Step 5- Import PST to Outlook

Finally, import the PST file to Outlook by following the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Open Outlook and click on File button on the top left corner of the screen. In the Open & Export category select Import/Export.
  2. Use the option Import from another program or file (in Import and Export Wizard) and click on Next.
  3. Here, select Outlook Data File (.pst); click Next.
  4. Browse the file to import, select an option from the available options and click on Next.
  5. Here, select the various folder options as required. Click Next.

So, this is how you transfer an OST to a new computer with the help of OST to PST conversion. But as you can see that we have used an automated tool to convert OST to PST which is Kernel for OST to PST as there are many limitations to the manual method to convert PST to OST. So, the safest way is to use a third-party tool to convert an OST to PST safely.

Kernel for OST to PST can convert an OST file to PST and many other formats safely and quickly. This tool assures the integrity of files and also keeps the original hierarchy and structure of the file and items. It is powerful enough to convert all OST items along with their attachments. There are many exciting features of the tool you would like to explore while using it, like retrieving data from orphaned files, export contacts from Outlook, recovering deleted items, etc. So, go for the trial version now and experience it yourself.