Using a .PST file from another drive

Users create a .pst (personal store file) to store messages that they consider important somewhere other than on the Exchange server. Because of the criticality of the information, users may decide to "back up" the .pst file to some removable medium, such as a CD-ROM, for long-term storage.

That's a good idea, but there's a problem. When the user is ready to read the file from the CD-ROM, he can get messages such as "Properties for this information service must be defined prior to use," or "File access is denied. You do not have the permission required to access the file." The CD-ROM being read-only, and that prevents information from being written to the drive, because Outlook requires write access to .pst files.

If a user has a .pst file copied onto a CD-ROM and needs to use this file, then what can be done is to copy the file onto a directory of the workstation's hard drive and then under Services in Outlook, point the personal folders to use this file. When the user has completed using the file, copy the updated .pst file onto the CD-ROM, giving the file a different name so it would not conflict with the original one.

Or you can get the user a CD-RW disc and copy the .pst file onto this disc. In this way when the user wants to access the .pst file, all that has to be done is to point Outlook to access the file from the CD-RW disc.

The main thing to remember is that a .pst file can be read from any disc so long as you have write access to

    Requires Free Membership to View

that disc.

Adesh Rampat has 10 years experience with network and IT administration. He is a member of the Association Of Internet Professionals, the Institute For Network Professionals, and the International Webmasters Association. He has also lectured extensively on a variety of topics.

This was first published in June 2003

There are Comments. Add yours.

TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Disclaimer: Our Tips Exchange is a forum for you to share technical advice and expertise with your peers and to learn from other enterprise IT professionals. TechTarget provides the infrastructure to facilitate this sharing of information. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or validity of the material submitted. You agree that your use of the Ask The Expert services and your reliance on any questions, answers, information or other materials received through this Web site is at your own risk.