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How to Convert an OST file to PST Format

Thursday, October 5, 2017

/ by Mahima
In this blog post, I am going to share few effective and advanced technique to repair and convert corrupt OST file of exchange server to MS Outlook PST format. Let us read and learn how to convert an OST file to PST format manually.

When you work on MS Outlook, your data files such as- email messages, notes, tasks, calendar, journals and other items are saved on the mail server and in your system both. All the Outlook items are stored in your computer and are kept in Outlook Data File.

There are two types of Files that MS Outlook Support:

OST (offline Storage Table)

OST is an offline storage table build by Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange Server to hold files or data copies of whatever data are exists in Microsoft Exchange Server that is Mails, Contact, Tasks, Calendar etc. OST allows you to work offline or use Cache Exchange Mode when there is no internet connectivity in the Computers or Laptops. And it is possible to extract the desired OST file folder to make changes from the server location. Once you get the internet connectivity back, all your  made changes will get synchronize along with the Microsoft exchange Server. All this Process are knows as folder synchronization. 

PST (Personal Storage Table)

PST file are generally knows Personal Storage Table. PST file neither be created by Outlook nor by Exchange Server. Instead, We can create it to save our MS Outlook data items like Emails, Tasks, Calendar, Events, etc. PST files can be save anywhere in your systems. Basically It's used for archiving files items as a backup from any email clients.
POP3, IMAP, and HTTP, these accounts are use PST file format. Additional PST file are created for creating backup or archives your Microsoft Outlook.

Major Reasons for OST to PST Conversion:

There are many reasons for converting OST file to PST file format.
  • Whenever your Exchange Server gets crashed and because of this you will not be able to access your account, until you repair it.
  • Whenever MS Exchange Server goes for Maintenance, at that time you can't access your account as well.
  • Whenever you need to do switching from one organization to another
  • Whenever your OST files get corrupted due to unexpected hardware failures, application shutdown, server breakdown, abnormal termination, lack of storage space, and others.
How to convert an OST file to PST format manually?

Archiving OST files- 
You can use Archive feature of MS Outlook to move or copy data to a PST file – this process works fine when you have to import nearly everything in your Outlook mailbox except contacts.

Use Import/Export Feature-
MS Outlook offers a inbuilt feature of “Import and Export" to migrate mailbox data from one client to other. Using this feature, one can convert OST files to PST or save OST to CSV file format and later you can import it in the MS Outlook.

Through this method, you can create a new PST file and drag the folders that you want to move to the PST.

If you don’t have too many files for converting, then you can email them to your personal email address.

Sometimes manual OST to PST conversion finds cost effective and easy but most of the times it proves to be unsuccessful and leads to data corruption. So I will suggest you to go for best OST to PST converter, if you valued your OST files.

Features that makes OST to PST converter exclusive:

Convert all Exchange Outlook mail items like Emails, Contacts, Calendar, Task etc.
  • Support Encrypted and Corrupted OST files
  • Support conversion of multiple OST files to PST formats.
  • Save OST files to PST, MBOX, MSG, DBX, EML, and Archive file formats
  • Available Option for Date Range filter, Search and Preview

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