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Convert .PST to Outlook 2007 Format

Convert .PST to Outlook 2007 Format ?

Hi Everyone. I am a Microsoft outlook 2000 user and I was recently switched to Microsoft Office 2007. So I have now the outlook 2007 in my PC. I am happy with the new looks and features but I am suffering from a problem. The problem is that when I try to open my old outlook files in outlook 2007, it does not shows my files. I think I need to convert the .PST files to outlook 2007 format. But I don’t know the ways to do this important step. My old PST files are 1.3 GB in size and stores my very important official mails and files. I can’t take the chance of losing these files anyways. Please tell me how to convert .PST to Outlook 2007 Format? Thanks in Advance.

Answer 1

Hello friend, it is one of the most seen problems that people ask. See, Before outlook 2003 the Microsoft outlook uses the “outlook 97-2002 Personal Folders File” that are commonly known as ANSI PST. It had the limitation up to 65,000 items per folder and the overall size of 2GB. When outlook 2003 came, it come with the new file format that support Unicode formatting that has no limitations of numbers of items and size of PST file. It was named as Unicode.

If you want to use those ANSI PST files to new Microsoft outlook 2007 then first you need to convert the files to Unicode PST Format. There are methods like import, manual, archive and tools available that can solve this problem. But make sure that you keep at least one copy of your ANSI PST file like a backup that can be used in future if required.

The Import Method – To do this follow the steps:

  • If upgrading from older version of outlook, create new profile. It will automatically create a new Unicode PST and set it as your default delivery location.
  • Make a copy of ANSI PST
  • Go to File > Import and Export
  • Select Import from Another Program or File
  • Select PST – Press P twice to locate it
  • After browsing, complete the wizard. It will take some time since your PST file is 1.3GB (large) in size

The Manual Method – It is a slow but suitable for fewer folders and good if you have great number of subfolders and you have the option to move them in one group. The steps are:

  • Create new profile in outlook
  • Make a copy of ANSI PST
  • Connect the ANSI PST to your profile
  • Move or copy the items in new PST. Prefer Moving the items
  • When it finishes, close the ANSI PST by right clicking

Using the Move preserves the last modified dates.

The Archive Method – Good option if you are upgrading your outlook but want to keep the old profile. The steps are:

  • Create new Unicode PST file from Tools, Options, Mail Setup, data files dialog or files and Data File Management
  • Choose Add. A Unicode PST is the option on top “Outlook Personal Files Folder (PST)”. Complete the dialogs and return to outlook
  • Choose file, archive
  • Select the root of your current ANSI PST folder in Archive Dialog
  • Set the date to tomorrow
  • Check the Included item with “do not Autoarchive checked” option at the bottom of the dialog box
  • Select the new Unicode PST as the folder to archive to
  • Click on OKand outlook archive all the items from ANSI PST to Unicode PST
  • Now make the new PST your default PST file
  • Delete the old ANSI PST file

TOOLS – There are various software programs are made that can be used to upgrade those ANSI PST files to new Unicode PST files that can be used in the further be used in the outlook 2007. These are also known as upgrade or migrating tools. You can find one on the internet.

Best of Luck!



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