Manual Approach to Convert OST file to PST without MS Outlook Wizard

OST files are known for the ability to work without an internet server. Users can continue working on the Outlook OST file even if there is no internet connection without any interruption as they are stored in an offline folder of the Exchange server. If Outlook is inaccessible due to no network bandwidth, one can look for options to convert OST file to PST without MS Outlook. Let’s take a look at the reasons and how-to methods to do the same. 

Reasons to convert OST file into PST format:

  1. MAPI 

A MAPI account offers the functionality of IMAP and is all time connected to an exchange server.OST files work on MAPI profiles. It is easy to access OST files from anywhere if cache mode is enable. If a user wants to access an OST file on another PC then he/she has to convert an OST file to PST file format rather than copy-paste.

2.Outlook OST Size Limit

Using OST files regularly, increase their size with time. However, They are not capable to handle a large volume of data. It is better to generate an Archive for old OST files from time to time to save space.

3. Inaccessible OST

If any OST file lost its exchange server then the file seems to be either lost or remain inaccessible. These OST files are called orphaned files. Furthermore, the OST file then keeps getting interrupted by recurring errors. In the end, converting the OST file to PST is the best option left.

Manual method to convert OST file to PST without MS Outlook:

1. Migrating OST files to PST format

This method is less influential as its contents and properties are less safe after conversion. The limitation of this method is that it only focuses on converting mails.

  •  In the File tab, Go to Options and then Advanced.
  • In the dialogue box, hit on export and select the Outlook PST file you wish to export. 
  • Make sure to check Include Subfolders, if required.
  • Click on OK to proceed further.

2. OST file Archiving

Filter old OST files from time to time, to keep important data safe. To keeps the OST file safe, a backup is a must. You can take a backup in the form of PST file. Also, archive old data within the OST file from time to time, to keep a check on the OST file size and preserve important data. So, to Archive old OST files in PST format, change the settings to Auto-Archive option.

  • In the Tools menu, go to the Options tab and select Auto-Archive in Others tab. 
  • Next, choose the option Apply to all folders.
  • Now, Go to the File tab and hit Archive option.
  •  In the end, hit Run button.

Note: This method does not archive contacts.

3. Drag-Drop OST file to PST Inbox

This is the easiest method overall. 

  • First, create a New Outlook PST in your Outlook account.
  • Drag the files from Old PST to new PST.
  • Drag the content one by one and drop them individually into the target folder.

If the user doesn’t find the manual approach useful, he/she can try a commercial solution available in the market. One such solution is OST to PST Converter. The utility aims in Creating LOG files, Converting mailbox items to another file format, advanced OST file searching, and compatibility with the latest versions of Windows and Outlook.

Summing It Up:

We have discussed manual as well as commercial options to open/convert OST file to PST without MS Outlook Wizard. Commercial solutions are promising and recommended by experts as they are tested and known for their optimized solutions. I hope you find this blog useful.

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