A Detailed Guide on How to Import OST File into Outlook 2010, 2013, 2016
Today we will discuss some of the best techniques to convert or import OST file into Outlook (2016, 2013, 2010 & 2007) PST format. Alongside, will also disclose one software which can perform this migration efficiently. To know more on this, keep reading.
It is really a hard task to convert OST files into Outlook 2010, 2013 or 2016 due to the fact that there are no such manual techniques which can help us out in this migration. Or even if there are, then most of us have no idea about these techniques. Due to this less or no knowledge most of us go for a third party software and as far I have seen, most of them are paid.
So a manual procedure is always a better solution in any day. So now I will be sharing you some of my techniques which I always use to convert Outlook OST files into Outlook PST format.
But before that let’s first understand What is OST files and What is PST files. As without understanding the basics, it would be very hard for you to understand the procedures and why users import these files
Overview of OST and PST Files
Outlook is one of the most used email clients for various purposes. We use it for sending and receiving emails, managing contacts, scheduling tasks and so on. And Outlook saves all these data in two file formats .ost and .pst. OST stands for Offline Storage table whereas PST stands for Personal storage table. OST files stores your Exchange server data and are created when your Outlook syncs with the Exchange server. Whereas PST stores your email data.
It is very easy t convert your PST files into OST format but in case of OST to PST the process becomes more complex. So if you want to open your OST files in Outlook then you first have to convert or import it into Outlook PST format.
So let’s now see the manual tricks through which you can easily import OST file into Outlook PST format.
Manual Procedure to import OST file into Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016
Method 01: Using Export Feature
- Launch Outlook
- Go to ‘File’
- Click on ‘Export to a file’ and click ‘Next‘
- Here select ‘Personal File Folder (.pst)’ and click ‘Next’
- Now select the folders in the PST files and click ‘Next‘
Note: Keep in mind to mark on ‘Sub-folders‘
- Now browse and select the location where you want to save the imported files and click ‘Finish’
Limitation: The above procedure will work only when you are connected with MS Exchange server.
Method 02: Using Archive Feature
- Launch MS Outlook
- Go to ‘File’ and click ‘Archive‘
- In the new Window select the files that you want to archive and click ‘Next‘
- Now browse and locate the location where you want to save the archived PST files and click ‘Ok‘
- Wait for some time till the process gets over.
Limitation: Importing contacts is not possible through this method.
Method 03: Exporting Data
- Launch MS Outlook
- Now create a new PST file in your Outlook
- Now select, drag and drop the complete mailbox folder to the new PST files
Limitation: You cannot import sent items, calendars, contacts into PST format with this technique.
Best OST to PST Converter
As we can see every manual procedure has some limitations attached to it. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a wrong statement if we say manual techniques are good but not that effective to import OST file into Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016. This ultimately let users go for a third party software to convert OTS files into Outlook PST format.
Nevertheless, there are scores of software applications which you will find online.
But one of the best tools I have found till now is OSTto PST Converter
I have analyzed and evaluated many tools and found this application as one of the smartest one in the online market.
It is one of the safest converter tools to import OST file into Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016. plus it can also convert all your contacts, sent items, drafts, inbox emails, journals, notes, tasks etc without any data alteration or data loss. In addition, it also supports corrupt OST files for conversion.
But there are some limitations too like
- This software doesn’t support Linux Operating system
- It doesn’t run on MAC OS
So now it is totally up to you which technique you want to go for. If you take my suggestion, I would suggest you go for manual procedures and if it doesn’t work then you may check out this tool.
Hope now you will be able to import your OST file into Outlook PST format easily.