How to Change or Move the .pst File for Personal Folders

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This article describes how to change the personal information store (.pst file) that is associated with a set of personal folders in Microsoft Exchange, or move the personal information store to a different location.

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To change the .pst file that is associated with a set of personal folders in Microsoft Exchange, follow these steps:
  1. Quit Microsoft Exchange if it is running.
  2. Use Microsoft Explorer to rename the .pst file that is associated with the set of personal folders, or move the .pst file to a different location. To determine the file name and location of the .pst file, double-click the Mail And Fax icon in Control Panel, click the set of personal folders in the list of information services, and then click Properties.
  3. Start Microsoft Exchange. The following message is displayed
    The file <path>\<filename>.pst was not found
    where <path> is the location of the original .pst file and <filename> is the file name of the original .pst file.
  4. Click OK.
  5. The Create/Open Personal Folders File dialog box is displayed, prompting you to create a new .pst file or specify the location of an existing .pst file. If you want to create a new .pst file, type the path and file name for the new .pst file in the File Name box, and then click Open. If you want to use an existing .pst file, type the path and file name of the existing .pst file in the File Name box, and then click Open.

    If you are creating a new .pst file, the Create Microsoft Personal Folders dialog box is displayed after you click Open. Click OK to close the dialog box and create the new .pst file.
To move the .pst file that is associated with a set of personal folders in Microsoft Exchange to a different location, follow these steps:
  1. Quit Microsoft Exchange if it is running.
  2. Use Microsoft Explorer to move the .pst file to the new location. To determine the file name and location of the .pst file, double-click the Mail And Fax icon in Control Panel, click the set of personal folders in the list of information services, and then click Properties.
  3. Start Microsoft Exchange. The following message is displayed
    The file <path>\<filename>.pst was not found
    where <path> is the location of the original .pst file and <filename> is the file name of the original .pst file.
  4. Click OK.
  5. The Create/Open Personal Folders File dialog box is displayed, prompting you to create a new .pst file or specify the location of an existing .pst file. Type the new path and file name for the .pst file in the File Name box, and then click Open.
If you double-click the Mail And Fax icon in Control Panel, click the set of personal folders in the list of information services, and then click Properties, you can view the path and file name information for the .pst file, but you cannot modify this information. To modify the location or file name of a .pst file, you must use the procedure described in this article.

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Article ID: 149588 - Last Review: November 15, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
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