Know Why & How to Make OST to PST Conversion Possible

MS Outlook has emerged as a popular email client since its introduction. Available as a part of MS Office suite, it also includes features like calendaring, web browsing, task manager, journal and much more. Outlook leverages PST and OST files in order to store its day-to-day data. While OST files are used to store mailbox data, OST files are used when Outlook is used in synchronization with Exchange server. Occasionally, it happens that a user tends to convert the OST file into PST format. In this blog, we will give you an insight on why & how to make OST to PST conversion possible.


Necessity to Perform OST to PST Conversion

OST (Offline Storage Table) files originally come into existence when Outlook is connected with Exchange server in a cache-enabled mode. This OST file enables the users to work in an offline mode with Outlook, when the internet is not available. Once the connection is re-established, the OST file syncs with Exchange server, and all the changes are made. It becomes necessary to remember that an OST file created for an Outlook profile will only be valid for that particular profile. Thus, an OST file will main in an operable condition, only when it is used in the same Outlook profile.

Due to this very reason, it becomes impossible for an Outlook user to export this OST file and access it in a different Outlook profile or a different machine. Therefore, when a user is changing his current user machine or is creating a different Outlook profile, OST file will not be of any use. It is at such times, it becomes necessary to make OST into PST.

Procedure For OST to PST conversion Since PST files do not depend on the Outlook profile for which they are created, the best way to access OST file data in a different Outlook profile or machine is by converting the data in PST format. There are both manual and third party solutions to perform the conversion.  

Manual Methods-

The data residing OST files can be converted to PST format, by using the Import Export option in Outlook. This inbuilt feature in MS Outlook enables the user to export the entire data of OST file into a new PST file that can be easily accessed in Outlook. This new PST file is independent of Outlook profile and hence can be accessed in any Outlook profile without any issue.

The only drawback of this manual method is its inability to convert corrupt OST file into PST format. Therefore, in case your OST file is corrupt, you will need to deployed third party solutions to achieve the desired results.

Third Party Solution-

In case you want to recover email from OST file Outlook 2013 & then want to convert into PST format, then the only way by which this can be made possible is by deploying a third party tool. One such solution is OST Recovery ( ) . This software, with its advance algorithms, converts the entire OST file items to Outlook PST file. Moreover, in case the OST file is corrupted, the software will recover the data from the OST file and will convert it into PST format. The tool also facilitates conversion of selective data items from the OST file, in case the user does not requires conversion of the complete data.

Thus, it is the most efficacious solution; one can come across for initiating OST to PST conversion.

Author Bio: The author has an expertise at writing about OST corruption related issues and solutions. OST Recovery is most applicable software in the industry which the author has mentioned in several posts with varied point of views.

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