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This is a real quick question regarding POP email in Outlook essentially.

I'm going to recreate my POP email profile based on some advice from my mailhost, due to emails I send being constantly sent again and again and again.

Now at the moment, all my POP3 mail is stored in a .PST file. This is fine, I will leave that in my Outlook so I have access to all my old sent items still for business purposes.

When I create my new account in Outlook for POP, can I point it to my old .PST or must I create a new one? And in either scenario, will it redownload all my mail again from the server, or am I right in thinking that once you have downloaded mail using POP from the server, it won't download it again? Meaning I will only get new mail that hasn't yet been downloaded into my new PST (or the existing one if you can do that).

Thanks!

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In your original settings, did you have the account set to leave a copy of all the mail on the server? Because whether or not all your mail is still there depends on the settings you chose. –  Bon Gart May 10 '12 at 19:57
    
Yes I did, it's set for 14days to be retained. –  PnP May 10 '12 at 19:59
    
Then you can get the last 14 days of emails again from the server. –  Bon Gart May 10 '12 at 20:02
    
So if I point my new account to the old .PST, it will download the last 14days of my mail again even though its all in my PST already? –  PnP May 10 '12 at 20:03
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-1 Your subject made it look like this is a question about POP3 generally. But no, it's about Outlook and outlook's PST files. –  barlop May 10 '12 at 20:11
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When I create my new account in Outlook for POP, can I point it to my old .PST or must I create a new one?

When you create a new e-mail account, you can choose whether to create a new PST-file or use an existing one.

And in either scenario, will it redownload all my mail again from the server, or am I right in thinking that once you have downloaded mail using POP from the server, it won't download it again?

As @BonGart says, this depends on your settings. In general when using POP3 the e-mails are deleted from the server, but if you've configured to retain the e-mails for 14 days, those e-mails will probably be downloaded again.

One option could be to create a new PST-file for the new account, delete any duplicate e-mails downloaded twice, and then move all the e-mails from the old PST-file to the new one (you can in Outlook have several PST-files open simultaneously and drag-and-drop e-mails and folders between them).

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