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Back Up and Restore Outlook and Outlook Express Datafiles

If email and contact lists are your lifeblood, you need to back them up regularly, but there’s no easy way to do that using Outlook or Outlook Express. This hack tells you how to do it in each program.

There are two ways to back up and restore Outlook and Outlook Express datafiles: the easy way and the hard way. In the hard way, you manually back up all the datafiles, which can be a long and laborious process because those files are kept in so many different places. Do it once and you might not do it again. In the easy way, you get an add-in that does the backup for you.

Backing Up Outlook Manually

If all you want to do is back up your Outlook messages and contacts, it’s a breeze. Outlook keeps all messages, contacts, and your calendar in a single file that ends in a


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