Restore Outlook PST contacts and emails file

Geek 2.0 - June 01, 2020

Restore Outlook PST contacts and emails file - Intertuto

Learn the easiest way to restore data and recover Outlook contacts and emails. Read on for more details.


             In a PST (Outlook personal information store) file, Outlook stores email, address book entries, and other data. The restoration of the PST file is done in Outlook in case you have saved this PST file or you need information from another PST file. This data recovery is simplified in Outlook in order to allow you to recover your Outlook contacts and emails but it is so scary to lose this information.

The instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 and Outlook for office 365.

Restore Outlook PST file for email, contacts and data

Import the backup PST file if you have a backup copy of a PST file available and if you want to restore the data from the PST file. This backup PST file can be used to restore Outlook data to the same computer, another computer, or another email account.

 Go to File> open and export> Import> Export. In Outlook 2007 and 2003, Select File> Import and Export;

 Choose Import from another program or file, then select Next;

 Choose the Outlook data file (.pst) or the personal folder file (PST) depending on the version of Outlook you are using, then select Next;

 Select Browse to find and select the PST file from which you want to import data. Outlook can find a backup.pst file in the \ Document \ Outlook Files \ folder. Select Browse to change where it searches;

 Choose one of the following options:

• Replace duplicates with imported elements: imports all the data and replaces them in the identical existing PST file.

• Authorize the creation of duplicates: imports all the data and creates a duplicate of identical elements. Each email and contact is imported even if these items are in the existing PST file.

• Do not import duplicates: the data corresponding to the existing file is not imported.

 Choose next;

 Select the folder to import (optional), indicate whether to include the sub-folders and where to import. Select Filter to filter certain emails to import;

 Once the import parameters have been defined, select Finish. If you do not have a backup copy of your Outlook data and want to recover the PST file, use a file recovery program and look for the extension .PST.

How to add a new PST data file to Outlook

Add the PST file as the second account with the default account once you want to restore a PST file in Outlook and use it as another data file.

 Go to File> Account settings> Account settings;

 In the Account Settings dialog box, go to Data files;

 Select Add to add another PST file to Outlook;

 Choose the Outlook data file (.pst) and select OK;

 Select the location of the PST file, choose the file name, then select OK;

 Highlight the PST file and select Set as default to make it the new default data file;

 Select Close.

It's simple to restore data and recover Outlook contacts and emails. This is what shows us the content of this article. With this article, you learn how should you restore Outlook PST file for email, contacts and data and how can you add new PST data file to Outlook. Follow the directions you will get there.

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