Retrieving MS Outlook contacts and E-mails lost during OS up-gradation

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I have recently upgraded my OS from Windows Vista to the Win 7. I just forgot to backup my E-mails and the contacts in the MS Outlook. Is there any way to retrieve all this information? I am waiting for your expert opinion.

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Retrieving MS Outlook contacts and E-mails lost during OS up-gradation

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Microsoft outlook saves your information such as calendar events, contacts, copy of messages, etc. in a file with extension .pst (Personal Storage Table).

The file is a B-tree structured with 512 byte nodes and leafs. This file is said to have a maximum size of 2 Gigabytes, In the 2010 version of MS Outlook the .PST file size has increased to 50 Gigabytes.

The file may contain different names but the extension (.PSt) will remain same in all cases. Start looking for a .PST file on your system, when you find one then you can reconnect the file with Outlook and you can restore the entire information store on the file.

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Retrieving MS Outlook contacts and E-mails lost during OS up-gradation

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Hello Samara,

During the upgrade of OS, windows basically formats the drive you install the OS on. It is hard format and does not leave any retrievable documents on the drive. Unfortunately it is not possible to retrieve anything which had been left out. I assume you are using an email server for your emails and if you have luck, you might have copies of emails on your server too?

If you have set up your MS Outlook to leave no copy of emails on the server, then I am afraid you are all out of options. If you remember the people who sent you most important emails, you can probably ask them to send it back to you ? I hope they have it in their sent mails. 

I hope that was helpful.

Abe.

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Retrieving MS Outlook contacts and E-mails lost during OS up-gradation

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Thanks Kirby Jose. I will do what you said. I hope I could find the .pst file. I'll keep you posted. Many thanks.

Thank you TechyV.

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