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How do I backup Outlook 2007 files?

Can I use these backed up files with Outlook express? Where is the default location for these files?

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File > Data File Management

Put your mail in .PST's. Copy them to your backup location. Outlook may need to be closed to copy them.

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Do note that that Outlook contacts become unusable in Outlook Express

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One way to make them usable in Outlook Express is to import and export into Google contacts in respective formats. May not be the best way, but it works. ;) – Lakshman Prasad Aug 2 '09 at 17:24
True. but in places where 'net access is restricted/firewalled/websensed this is ruled out. Speaking from personal experience – Sathya Aug 2 '09 at 17:47

I'd recommend using Microsoft's free Personal Folders Backup tool. It runs when Outlook exits, and has simple schedule support ("every N days").

I'd then copy the backup to a USB stick, an online storage account, or some other off-machine storage for safety.

As far as Outlook Express (Windows Mail in Vista) is concerned it does have an import wizard, via File menu, Import, Messages.

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