As we all know, an OST file is a data storage file used to store offline data in an Outlook profile on users’ local device. It is also known as the Offline Storage Table, which contains complete Outlook data such as email, contacts, calendar, logs, tasks, and more. At one time or another, it generally happens with Exchange users that they need to extract data or export it from OST file via Microsoft Outlook. This can easily be done with the MS Outlook Import / Export feature, but for this. Outlook should be connected to the Exchange server and it should be accessible. In this blog you have been told about a paid third party tool, which can help you to extract emails, attachments, contacts, calendars etc. from OST files, even when the file is orphaned or corrupt. However, it also works when Outlook is not connected to the Exchange server.
Extract Email Address, Contacts, Calendars, and Attachments of OST files
Download one of the simplest and fast solution named Regain OST Recovery Tool which is quality tested solution to easily extract data from OST files without any Outlook and Exchange Server connectivity. Because of its easy interface the data extraction from OST files become very easy for any kind of users. Let us see which items are extracted by the software and in which formats.
Extract OST contacts to VCF/MSG → This program loads single OST or multiple OST files simultaneously to extract all contacts with details such as name, email address, pictures, mobile number, etc.
Extract OST calendars to ICS/MSG → Calendar migration from OST file to PST, EML, MSG, MBOX, HTML, ICS, VCARD format can be done using this application, including all calendar details such as – scheduled assignment, appointments, meeting, etc.
Extract OST Attachments → Attachments can be easily obtained via OST file. Users can easily select OST folders and extract attachments of the desired files according to their requirements.
Extract OST email addresses → This software allows users to extract email addresses from an OST file. Users can extract email addresses such as From, Subject, To, Bcc, etc. seamlessly without any problems
Steps to Extract OST data items – attachments, contacts, calendars, & email addresses
- Install the Regain OST Recovery Software on your Windows System
- Browse and choose a single or multiple OST Data file
- Select the items to extract – email address, attachments, contacts, etc. for scanning
- After Scanning Software generate a Preview of selected OST Emails items
- Now Select the File Format in which you wish to save your extracted OST email items
- Select the Destination location to Save extracted OST file
- Now Software Start Saving
How to extract items from OST file using manual solution?
If you choose manual trick to extract your calendars, contacts, email addresses, and attachments from Outlook OST file, then it is mandatory for you to install MS Outlook and connect it with your Exchange Server.
Process to Extract Calendars from OST file
- First of all you need to Open MS Outlook
- Click on File menu → Open & Export → Import/Export
- Now choose Outlook data file & then select Calendars from OST file
- Now enter the destination path as per your choice to save the files
- Finally hit the Finish button.
Process to Export OST email addresses data
- Open MS Outlook; go to File and then select options
- Select the Advanced option and then click on Export option
- Now select Export to a file option
- Now you need to choose Outlook data file
- Select email folder, here you can also include sub folders as well
- Use the browse button to choose the path where you want to save the email addresses
Process to extract OST contacts to VCF
- Open MS Outlook and move to the “File” menu
- Now you need to select the desired contacts
- After that again go to the “file” menu and click on “Save As” option
- Now you need to “name the file” and choose VCF under “Save as Type”
Process to extract attachments from OST file
Users can open Outlook and can extract attachments from OST emails one by one. Other then that, no method is available to extract attachments of OST email messages.
Shortcoming with Manual Solutions
There are few more shortcomings that users may face with the manual solutions-
- Contacts from OST file to VCF can be exported easily. But there is no other manual method is available that can convert your multiple contacts from OST file to vCard format quickly.
- Manual solution is very time consuming and has long procedure to extract attachments from every OST emails.
- In manual solution, there is no surety of safety of data when you extract the items from OST files
That’s the reason why most of the users want to opt a professional tool that only take few steps to extract your valuable calendars, contacts, attachments, and email addresses from OST files. This software is 100% safe and secured in terms of providing accurate results. You can check the functionality of this software by using its trial version that comes absolutely free of cost.