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Topic # 68166 15-Sep-2010 22:59
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At work, I’m currently using Windows XP and Office 2007 with Outlook e-mail client for my e-mails which are stored in a *.pst file.

I am moving on, but need to continue to refer to previous email...My only query, is there a free e-mail client with similar interface as Outlook that also supports *.pst files? I want to able to use the existing *.pst file where all my current e-mails and contacts are stored and be to able to search for an email based on the content of the emails.

I installed Mozilla, but cannot import the .pst files... note the .pst files were on my work PC and I am transferring them to my personal laptop.  Mozilla seems to just be looking on the current PC for outlook files.

I also installed Kernal PST viewwe... works well but cannot search based on email content...




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  Reply # 380382 15-Sep-2010 23:07
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Won't it be easier to export the object from PST to another format and archive that instead?




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  Reply # 380650 16-Sep-2010 13:55
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chiefie: Won't it be easier to export the object from PST to another format and archive that instead?


I hadn't thought of that.  Got any reccomendations?




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  Reply # 380671 16-Sep-2010 14:33
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It depends what format your new software will import from, really. My copy of Outlook 2010 only lets me export to csv, Access, Excel, pst and tsv. I guess you'd lose any attachments and formatting?



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  Reply # 380672 16-Sep-2010 14:37
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I don't currently have outlook on the target system, only the source...




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  Reply # 380676 16-Sep-2010 14:50
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Sign up for Google Apps Basic, then you can upload from Outlook into 'the cloud'
Free access via imap from there...

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  Reply # 380681 16-Sep-2010 15:01
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Haven't tried it, but saw someone recommend MailStore Home in another forum a while ago. www.mailstore.com



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  Reply # 380689 16-Sep-2010 15:14
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allan: Haven't tried it, but saw someone recommend MailStore Home in another forum a while ago. www.mailstore.com


Sounds promising... will give it a go.




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  Reply # 380699 16-Sep-2010 15:28
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Actually, if you still have access to Outlook at work, the other thing you could do is to create/use a Hotmail account, install the Outlook Office Connector configured to this Hotmail account and then copy the email from your PST to the Hotmail account via Outlook Office Connector.

Then at home, use the Windows Live Mail (download) client to connect to your Hotmail account and sync the email. It's then locally stored as eml files, which should be able to be opened in a number of different mail clients - or keep using Windows Live Mail client.



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  Reply # 380703 16-Sep-2010 15:32
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allan: Actually, if you still have access to Outlook at work, the other thing you could do is to create/use a Hotmail account, install the Outlook Office Connector configured to this Hotmail account and then copy the email from your PST to the Hotmail account via Outlook Office Connector.

Then at home, use the Windows Live Mail (download) client to connect to your Hotmail account and sync the email. It's then locally stored as eml files, which should be able to be opened in a number of different mail clients - or keep using Windows Live Mail client.


That sounds like another good option, but I'm not allowed to install any software on my work PC... don't have any admin rights.

I downloaded the mailstore client and it appears to work... failing that, I may end up buying an outlook licence...




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