Move pst-file

How can I move the pst-file from its default location to another more convenient location?

That is actualy more easy than it looks; move the pst-file when Outlook is closed to its new location and then start Outlook. Outlook will now nag that it can’t find the pst-file and allows you to browse to the new location. Point Outlook to it and you’re done!

Of course you need to know the current location of the pst-file fist. You can get an overview of your currently connected pst-files via;

  • File-> Data File Management… (Outlook 2007 and previous)
  • File-> Info-> Account Settings-> Accounts Settings…-> tab Data Files (Outlook 2010)
  • The Mail applet in Control Panel.

The defaults locations are;

Windows Vista and Windows 7
C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Outlook 2010
If you are using Outlook 2010, then pst-files are placed in a sub folder called "Outlook Files" in your "(My) Documents" folder.

Note 1: Never overwrite any existing pst-files. This will corrupt your mail profile and then you’ll need to recreate it.
Note 2: Make sure you point it to the same pst-file and not another or you’ll corrupt your mail profile.
Note 3: Don’t make Outlook connect to pst-files on a network share. This is unsupported.

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