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Is there a way to export PST files into a somewhat "open" format, and then use some sort of freeware to index the emails and then search upon the emails in a fast manner? Basically, I have about 4 PST files from the past year or so.

What I'm trying to accomplish is, not being bound by Outlook to open (or keep open) the PST files and that was I can either:

  1. move the files onto a file server or
  2. keep them in a shared directory and use some sort of application to search upon the contents of the emails very fast.

This might not exist, and that's fine, but I just didn't know if someone has had experience in trying to do this.

  • Not free, but look here. – Karan Oct 25 '12 at 22:13
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Before Windows provided built-in Desktop Search, I previously had good results with the free Copernic Desktop Search.

Its File Types page says that it searches:

Outlook (versions: 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010)

I think that it indexes email content, as well as things like sender, subject and date - but it would be worth testing out.

Their blog posting of July 2012 (Version 3.6 is now available!) says that:

Outlook emails are now printable even if Outlook is closed.

So I'd imagine you could probably view them when it's closed too.

  • Sweet! I'll try this out tomorrow to see what results it yields. – drewrockshard Oct 25 '12 at 23:12

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