When you want to work with Exchange Server mailbox folders in offline mode, all you need is an OST file. This OST file is extremely helpful in the cases when the Exchange Server is experiencing downtime, or an unexpected crash.
However, when you switch your computer and want to access OST file’s data on a new computer, you can’t simply copy paste the file as in the case of PST file. Hence, the possible way to move Outlook OST file to a new computer is by converting it to PST format.
Methods to transfer Outlook OST file to new/different computer
When it comes to moving an OST file to a different computer (converting OST to PST), there are quite a few ways to do it. Here are the most suggested ways you can consider to carry out an accurate OST to PST conversion:
Method #1: Drag and drop items from OST to PST
At first, create one blank PST file. Then you need to literally drag and drop mailbox items from OST file to a new PST file.
Well, this is truly a manual method to copy data. Using this method, you can’t migrate default folders like Inbox, Calendar, Contacts, etc. but only individual items can be moved. Additionally, transferring items individually can consume more time.
Method #2: Import- Export Wizard
Another way to export OST to PST is by using Outlook’s inbuilt “Import/ Export” feature. To know how to convert OST to PST using Import/Export Wizard, refer this link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLykqd4jdMUHowever, this method requires a technical expertise. If you are doing this for the first time, you may find difficulty at some points. You’ll need to be familiar with all terminologies and functions of the exporter before you begin the process.
Method #3: Using Remo Convert OST file to PST Tool
Probably the safest and easiest way to convert OST file to PST format is by using Remo Convert OST to PST Tool. This application performs the process of conversion of all OST components to Outlook importable PST in their original format and structure without any data loss. In addition, it has an easy to understand GUI that makes working with it very simple and comfortable. Through its expert help, all individual items along with default folder structures (Inbox, Calendars, Contacts, etc.) will be accurately transferred into a new file in minimum time, with no technical expertise.
Now, you will have a PST file that contains all your Outlook items that were saved in OST file. By importing this PST file into your new computer’s Outlook account, you can successfully transfer OST file to a new computer and thereby accessing all Outlook attributes. To do this, follow below mentioned steps:
How to move OST file to another computer?
Note: If you have already created an Outlook profile, you cannot set up an OST file for it. So, delete the profile and then double-click the Microsoft Outlook icon to create the profile again.