It is important to know the location of Outlook data file (.pst) before backing up or migrating data. It is crucial that the emails saved in archive.pst are located and transferred safely without data loss. This post describes all the steps necessary to locate PST files in Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007 and below versions. It is an easy guide to locating PST files and moving them to a new location. This makes backing up mailbox information easier to an external drive and freeing up space on the primary drive. Repeat the steps to identify Outlook data file location and move it to a new computer or disk.
The primary step in migrating mailboxes is to locate and move data files from their default folder location. This path may contain disconnected PST or old .pst files that contain important information. Below is a table containing the default Outlook data file location in Windows PC. Refer to it to retrieve data files from Outlook folder.
|Outlook Version||Windows Version||Default Location|
|Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002||Windows XP||C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\|
|Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002||Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8 or Windows 10||C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\|
|Outlook 2010||Windows XP||C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\My Documents\Outlook Files\|
|Outlook 2010||Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8 or Windows 10||C:\Users\%username%\Documents\Outlook Files\|
|Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016||All Windows versions||C:\Users\%username%\Documents\Outlook Files
drive:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
drive:\Users\username\My Documents\Outlook Files
Following are some of the ways to find the folder location where the Outlook.pst files are saved on a Windows PC:
Solution#1 Outlook Settings
PST File Location in Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002
Outlook 2010 PST File Location
Locate PST File in Outlook 2013, 2016
Solution#2 Use the Control Panel
There may be a lot of confusion and difficulty in locating Outlook data files(.pst). Changing location to backup mailbox data may lead to corruption or errors that may be difficult to overcome. Instead, it is recommended to use a perfect third-party tool like the PST Locator to make the task easier and direct. Locate PST File in Outlook 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 and 2000 in UNICODE or ANSI format. The tool works with all versions of Windows 2000, 2003, 2008, XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1. It is also compatible with Windows server 2008 and 2012 (32 and 64-bit) versions.