I am looking for a way to automatically back up my Outlook 2007 emails and contacts without having to open Outlook. I want to use Windows 7's backup utility like I would any other file on my PC.
Some research has lead me to the .pst files on my computer that, apparently, hold all the emails, folder structures (please correct me if I am wrong about that), and contacts. However, I have archive.pst and Outlook.pst in my Outlook folder under AppData. Which of these contains emails and contacts? If these are the files I need, is backing them up as simple as copying them or using a backup utility and then copying them back over when I want to restore them?
My main need for this is that I am about to reformat my drive and start over with a fresh install. When I restore my backup using Windows 7's backup utility, I want to be able to restore my backups like normal which would also include my emails and contacts.