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Recently one of my friend's Windows XP's hard drive crashed. I have the drive hooked up through a SATA to USB cable right now and I'm trying to find the Outlook or Outlook Express data file. I'm not sure which client she used. I checked the Documents and Settings/username/Local Settings/Application Data/Microsoft/Outlook and nothing was there. Is there any way to find out the default path to the .pst file or is there a tool to find a .pst file? I tried windows search for *.pst and it only found a backup.pst file in a public folder that was extremely old. Does anyone have any ideas?

UPDATE: now I know it's Outlook.

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Well, now I know it's Outlook. – Jacob Oct 16 '09 at 15:11
So, did this solve your question then? – Arjan Oct 16 '09 at 16:09
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Did you tell it to search hidden and system files?

If it is a POP3/IMAP then it will be using a PST.

The only other storage format for Outlook is OST when caching with Exchange, in which case you would have no need to restore

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ahh, i always thought it was defaulted to search hidden locations. Didn't see that option near that annoying dog. Trying it now, thanks – Jacob Oct 16 '09 at 15:31

Was the user using exchange? If so you would need to find the *.ost file, not a *.pst file. Of course, if this is the case you wouldn't really need to worry about it since the mail would be on the server. Outlook express uses *.dbx files to store mail so you could search for them as well if, as you mention, you think that may have been what the client used.

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