MS Outlook is the most commonly used email application by many industry professionals. It stores entire user mailbox information in Personal storage table (PST) in the form of data files. The PST files reside on the user's computer. Though, there is a situation, when the user wants to move Outlook data to a new location from the existing one. The new location could be anything like pen drive, network drive, new computer, etc. It entirely depends on an individual's preference where he/she accurately wants to move PST file.
We are going to mention some of the main reasons why a person needs to move a PST to a new computer.
So, these are the situations when you may need to transfer PST from one computer to another.
Before moving forward, let’s know where PST is located on your system. If you are an Outlook user, then you should know that Outlook saves all of its data on your system. This data includes emails, calendars, contacts, journals, notes, tasks, etc. These files Outlook save on your systems are known as Personal Storage Table (PST). The extension used for these files is .pst.
Now, where to find these files, are mentioned below:
If you are using Windows XP, then you can find the PST file at this given location:
If you are using Windows Vista, then you can find the PST file at this given location:
If you are using Windows 7, then you can find the PST file at this given location:
If you are using Windows 8/8.1, then you can find the PST file at this given location:
If you are using Windows 10, then you can find the location of the PST file at one of these given locations:
So, these are the locations where you can find a PST file. Now, we know a bit about PSTs, why you need to transfer one, and where they are located in your system. Let’s now move forward to know the process of how to transfer a PST file from one system to another.
Having a backup copy of Outlook PST data saves users from losing their essential data as users can restore their data if the original PST file got damaged or corrupted. It can be done by following easy steps:
Let's discuss each one in detail:
Note: The most common process of moving an Outlook PST file from one computer to another location or computer involves these following steps. Besides this, one should also copy PST file(s) somewhere on a removable drive or an external drive and paste it to another computer straight away.
While moving PST file from one computer to another, your PST file might get corrupted. So it is advised you to choose PST Repair tool to get rid of such issue.
There is no direct method to move PST file from one computer to another manually. To do so, you have to follow procedures as mentioned above. Though it is very time consuming and complicated process and you must make sure you perform step by step process carefully to avoid Outlook PST file corruption.
In this blog, we have discussed how one can transfer a pst file from one system to another. We have explained what a PST is and where it is located on your system, depending on the version of Windows OS you are using. We have discussed the reasons and scenarios in which moving a PST from one computer to another is necessary. Finally, we have provided the process of doing the same in an elaborated way. Apart from this, if you are facing another common problem with PSTs, like corruption, then we suggest you use Kernel for Outlook PST Repair. This third-party automated tool is all you need to use in the case of severe corruption in the PST files. Hope this blog has helped you to transfer your file successfully.