How Can I Backup My Outlook?

One question we get fairly often is "How can I backup my data in Outlook?"  The answer in most cases involves copying your PST (Personal Folders File).  Your PST file will most often be named "Outlook.PST" and it (usually) contains all of your primary Outlook data: Inbox, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Journal, etc. 

If you don't know where this file is, use the Windows Search tool to locate it and for best results search for "*.PST" so that it finds ALL .PST files on your system.  This file in recent versions of Outlook (2003 and 2007 most notably) is by default stored in a hidden folder so you will want to make sure your search includes hidden folders.

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