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How to Export Contacts from OST to PST File

Updated On - October 19, 2022 by Nasir Khan |

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Offline Storage Table (OST) file stores all the Exchange data on the user’s system and make it available for users even if the Exchange Server is unavailable or Outlook is in offline mode. It contains all user mailbox’s items including emails and contacts. In this blog, we learn how to export contacts from OST to PST file.

Personal Storage Table (PST) file is a portable database file stored on the system drive location containing complete Outlook email client data within it such as mailbox folder items (emails, contacts, calendars, notes, tasks, groups, etc.), structure properties, rules, etc.

Need for exporting Contacts from OST to PST File

  • When Exchange Server connection is unavailable.
  • Exchange user wants to take backup of contacts permanently to Outlook PST file.
  • Exchange user wants to migrate from Windows to Mac environment or from one Windows system to another.
  • Exchange user want to take a backup of contacts file to avoid data loss situation.

Export Contacts from OST to PST File using Import/Export Feature of Outlook

To export contacts from OST File to PST File, the Import/Export feature of MS Outlook can be used. This method works only when the users are connected to the Server through their Exchange profiles.

Perform the below steps to export Contacts from OST File to PST File using Import/Export Feature of Outlook:

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook application.
  2. Click File > Open & Export > Import/Export.
  3. The Import and Export Wizard appears. Select Export to a file, click Next.
  4. The Export to a File wizard appears. Select Outlook Data File (.pst), click Next.
  5. The Export Outlook Data File wizard appears. Select Contacts, select Include subfolders checkbox if you want to include subfolders as well. Click Next.
  6. Click Browse to provide the destination location for saving the file. Select among the available options:
    • Replace duplicates with items exported
    • Allow duplicate items to be created
    • Do not export duplicate items

    Click Finish.

  7. You can create a password-protected PST file by entering a password. Enter the password, confirm it and click OK.

Outlook 2010 : Export Contacts from OST to PST File

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. The Outlook Options wizard appears. Click Advanced.
  4. Under the Export section, click Export.
  5. Select Export to a file, click Next.
  6. Select Outlook Data File (.pst), click Next.
  7. The Export Outlook Data File wizard appears. Select Contacts, select Include subfolders checkbox if you want to include subfolders as well. Click Next.
  8. Click Browse to provide the destination location for saving the file. Select among the available options:
    • Replace duplicates with items exported
    • Allow duplicate items to be created
    • Do not export duplicate items

    Click Finish.

  9. You can create a password-protected PST file by entering a password. Enter the password, confirm it and click OK.

Outlook 2007 : Export Contacts from OST to PST File

  1. Click File.
  2. Click Import and Export.
  3. Select Export to a file, click Next.
  4. Click Personal File Folder (.pst), click Next.
  5. The Export Personal Folders wizard appears. Select Contacts, select Include subfolders checkbox if you want to include subfolders as well. Click Next.
  6. Click Browse to provide the destination location for saving the file. Select among the available options:
    • Replace duplicates with items exported
    • Allow duplicate items to be created
    • Do not export duplicate items

    Click Finish.

  7. You can create a password-protected PST file by entering a password. Enter the password, confirm it and click OK.

Limitations with Manual method to export OST contacts to PST file

  • Outlook users must be connect with Exchange Server through their own profiles.
  • The manual method does not work in case OST files are corrupted, damaged or Exchange Server is in down state.
  • Unable to export orphaned OST file contacts.
  • There are chances of data loss and damage.
  • The manual method is complex, time-consuming and lengthy process.
  • Difficult to understand for new users, requires technical knowledge to perform the steps in an accurate manner.
  • If procedure is not followed strictly or anything goes wrong, the OST file can get corrupted.

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Conclusion

This article discusses the manual method for exporting contacts from OST file to PST file using inbuilt Import/Export feature in Outlook. This manual method does not work in case of corrupted or damaged OST files. This article recommends using a third-party solution OST to PST Converter to export contacts from OST file to PST file.

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Author: Nasir Khan

I am Nasir Khan from India, working as a Content Developer in Regain Software. Here I am writing about our products and their updates. And writing some free solutions from converting emails or Cloud Migration process. We have tools like Email Converter, Emails backup and Cloud migration.

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