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Chapter 23. Importing, Exporting, and Ba... > Restoring an Outlook Data File

Restoring an Outlook Data File

Now that you know how to back up your Personal Folders file, hopefully you'll never be caught without a fairly recent backup of your Outlook data. As previously mentioned, the frequency with which you back up your Outlook data will depend on the type and sensitivity of data you're storing in your Personal Folders file. If you need to restore your Personal Folders file from a backup, there are several different methods you can use to perform this operation. Which method you choose will depend on the backup method you previously selected and the current state of your data.

Importing Versus Opening

If you need to restore an entire Personal Folders file from a backup, in the case of a general hard drive failure or Personal Folders file corruption, you can choose from two different ways of retrieving the data from your backup. You can import data directly from your backup into a new Personal Folders file, or you can simply make your backup Personal Folders file your new default Personal Folders file and begin using it within Outlook.


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