I have the following problem. When I start up Outlook 2007, I get an error box saying that "The file D:\Documents and Settings\my_username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\outlook.ost cannot be opened", where my_username is my email username.
However, there is no D:\ on my computer. My old computer had a partitioned drive with a C:\ and D:\ and I guess IT set it up to save the Outlook profile on the latter. When they migrated me to the new computer, they did not change this.
Now Outlook is looking for the OST file in a location that does not exist.
The big problem here is that all of the settings you would typically use in Outlook to manage the location of OST files will not work if they cannot find the current one.
For example, most of the info I found online about OST file problems recommended forcing Outlook to recreate the file, as described in this thread:
Recreating your .OST file should fix this issue.
Open Outlook>File>Data File Management>Data Files
Remove file name outlook.ost
However, when I look at the list of Data files, I see that the default one doesn't seem to have a location:
And if I go into the settings for that profile and try to edit the Offline Folder File Settings, it just tells me again that it can't find my OST file.
So, my question, which I've found no info on elsewhere, is not where does Outlook store the OST files, but where does it store the location of the OST files, i.e. what is making Outlook look in D:..., and can I manually change that pointer outside of Outlook somehow? I thought maybe there would be a registry key or something that had that string stored but so far no luck with registry searches.