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Q: Moving (and maybe) renaming PST and OST files after the fact ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Moving (and maybe) renaming PST and OST files after the fact
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: sherpaj-ga
List Price: $8.00
Posted: 26 Oct 2002 03:48 PDT
Expires: 25 Nov 2002 02:48 PST
Question ID: 90121
If I want to move PST and OST files from a local drive to a mapped
server share, how do I do it w/o having major relinking nightmares?

I have a number of accts inside of one profile.   The main is a
exchange acct with no PST and a OST.
I also have 3 IMAP accts with tons of email in thier respective PST
files.   Outlook likes to make one PST file for every IMAP acct you

Also, can I rename these PST and OST files as well as move them?  How?

Request for Question Clarification by pwizard-ga on 26 Oct 2002 07:49 PDT
Which version of Outlook are you using and for which operating system?
Subject: Re: Moving (and maybe) renaming PST and OST files after the fact
Answered By: pwizard-ga on 26 Oct 2002 08:12 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Greetings sherpaj,

To answer your question, yes you can move and/or rename your PST and
OST files to a different location on your hard drive or to a network
share. You probably won't want to move your OST file to a network
share as this is your "offline" file storage and is meant to be used
when the network connection is unavailable. But, that's entirely up to

A very good article is available at Microsoft's Technet website that
details how to move and/or rename your PST files to a different

This contains step-by-step instructions on how to do so. In regards to
your OST or offline file folder, they didn't make a really easy way to
"move" this particular file. When this option is first configured, you
are given the option of naming the file and also selecting it's
location. If it doesn't find a file that matches what you entered, it
will create a new file. This tells me that you should be able to
simply make a copy of the OST file and place it wherever you want to
store it (and rename it if you like). Go to your Exchange Server email
account settings (under TOOLS --> EMAIL ACCOUNTS --> VIEW/CHANGE) and
simply DISABLE offline files, save, then go back in and ENABLE offline
files again. This time, point it to the new location of the file. It
should find it and not try to create a new file altogether.

I found another article that says with earlier versions of Outlook and
other Exchange email clients, if you simply move the OST file while
Outlook is not running, then startup Outlook again, when it can't find
the OST file in it's configured location it will bring up a dialog box
asking for you to locate the file. You browse to the file and then it
stores the new location of the file. I have no reason to believe that
this would not still be the case with newer versions of Outlook such
as Outlook 2002 (XP). That article is available here:;EN-US;Q157079&

I hope this helps to answer your questions regarding OST/PST files.
Please don't hesitate to "ask for clarification" if you need further
assistance with this question - I'll be happy to conduct further
research if necessary. Thanks!

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