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After a long time, I was consolidating multiple personal folders (pst) int one PST file in outlook 2007. This process worked without any hitch.

I had 2 old PST files - personal-2006.pst. Outlook Mail folder ("Personal-2006") was pointing to this PST file. While cleaning up the data, I deleted (shift-deleted) the pst file. At the time of deleting file Outlook was not running. File was successfully deleted.

When I started outlook next time, I still see mail folder "Personal-2006" in outlook. So I thought, I can close the file. This i didn't anticipated before deleting the pst file. Now when I try to close this mail folder, Outlook gives error that "personal-2006.pst" file path is not valid. Due to this I can't remove the Mail folder ("PErsonal-2006") from outlook folders.

  • I tried creating a other PST file and renaming it to personal-2006.pst. but that doesn't work. Outlook says file is not valid.
  • I tried running file recovery software but none of the file recovery software can find .pst files in the outlook.

Let me know if you have resolved similar issue.

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Go to File -> Data File Management. Find the Personal-2006 and remove it. If it is the Default, you will have to change the default to another file, restart, and then remove it.

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Thanks Chris. I am not sure how I missed it. Thanks again. –  priyankpatel Nov 5 '09 at 16:18
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