How to Find a PST File in XP

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A Personal Storage Table (PST) file is a database file used by Microsoft Outlook for storing data regarding messages, folders, contacts and calendars. The file is generally stored under the Microsoft Outlook folder on your computer and can be accessed from that folder, but in some cases the file may be stored elsewhere on your computer and you may have to use the Windows search utility to find it.

Look in Microsoft Outlook

  • Open Microsoft Outlook

  • Click "Tools" and "Account Settings." The "Account Settings" window opens.

  • Click the "Data Files" tab. Select "Personal folders" entry, and click "Settings." The "Personal Folders" dialog box opens.

  • Look in the "Filename" box. You should see the file path of your PST file.

    Example: C:\Documents and Settings\jondoe\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.pst

Use The Windows Seach Tool

  • Click "Start," "Search."

  • Select "For files or folders."

  • Select to search your "local disk" drive. Type ".pst" and click "Search." This will search your hard drive and find all PST files on your computer.

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