OST file – Offline storage folder is located on local machine, save the Exchange server mailbox data. Any changes or updates done on OST file in offline mode, it is later synced to Exchange server once outlook re-establishes the connection with Exchange server. OST file is not affected by any crash or any disaster on Exchange server. You can utilize the OST files to recover your mailboxes data in any such unforeseen incident.
Quick SolutionEdbMails for OST to PST Converter is a free tool to convert orphand OST Files to PST. Also you can perform OST file migration to Live Exchange or to Office 365.
Reasons to convert an OST to PST file:
A user might have accidentally deleted some emails from his mailbox and requested the administrator to restore his mailbox data from the backup snapshot of OST files
Backup and Restore Exchange Individual Mailbox
OST files can grow quite large over time, especially when users have 20GB to 100GB mailboxes. You can open an .OST on a computer that has the same alias as the current one.
There are different methods to export your OST to PST file, presuming that you can login to Outlook with the Exchange mailbox profile. Microsoft native techniques for conversion of OST file to PST file are mentioned below:
Export your OST to PST with Microsoft Outlook file export option
Convert OST mailbox to PST file, Outlook data source file is OST file, provided you can log in to Microsoft Outlook using Exchange profile.
Open Outlook Login with Exchange mailbox account, that was created with OST. To convert the OST to PST file, follow the below steps:
- In outlook Menu Go to Files —> Click “Open & Export” menu and click “Import & Export”
2. Select “Export to a file”; then click Next. as show in the below image
3. Select “Outlook Data File (.pst)” and click Next. as shown in the below image
4. Select the Mailbox / folder you wish to export and click Next as shown in the below image.
5. Browse the destination location where you wish to save the exported PST and select the radio option “Do not export duplicate items” and click Finish as show in the below image.
Enable Archiving to export OST file data to PST.
Outlook items from OST files will be saved as different PST file.
Create archiving and save the OST file data to PST:
Open Outlook, Go to File, → click “Options”. Go to “Advanced” and click “AutoArchive Settings”.
Select the days – you wish to run archiving. Select the destination folder to save the archived PST file; set the archiving detail and eventually click OK.
With these settings, your mailbox items of your OST file will be saved to the PST file.
Export Orphaned OST file to PST which is not connected Exchange profile or Exchange server connectivity or a corrupted OST file:
EdbMails OST to PST Converter step by step:
Step 1: Setup Download and Installation process
Download the EdbMails setup and install.
Follow the instructions that appear on the installation screens accordingly, to complete the installation process
Step 2: Click on “Start Your Free Trial”
Step 3: Select the Export Method as “OST Recovery” and Click Continue
From the below screen select the OST file that you wish to recover and export emails from the same to a PST file.
Click the “Browse” button to select where the OST is located.
Now Click the “Continue” button to start the recovery operation.
Select the location to store the exported PST file by clicking the ‘Browse’ button.
Right click the Tree view and select the Mailbox / folder that you wish to export to a PST file. Choose the ‘Export Selected Mailboxes / Folders to PST‘ popup menu item to continue with the export operation.
Click the ‘Export to Outlook PST’ option to continue.
Choose the needed mailboxes and click on ‘Export OST to PST’ as shown below
During export operation, the progress will be displayed as shown in the below screenshot
Once the Export operation is completed, the message ‘Export operation has been completed.’ will be prompted. You can now, open the exported PST file using Microsoft Outlook and verify the emails, Calendars, Contacts etc., items accordingly.