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Subject: Backing up Outlook

By: Ted Sherwood

11/01-2005 02:22

I get this message in my log:

11/01/2005 12:06:55 PM > File skipped, while in use: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.pst.

However, it's not 'in use' if I've closed Outlook and turned off my modem so email can't activate it? What do I need to do to backup Outlook then.

By: Dale Hess

20/03-2005 23:13

Just need help on creating a back up cd disc for outlook express.Have windows xp

By: Ben Allgor

19/06-2005 01:37

Has there been any answer to this? I have the same problem as Ted Sherwood. I exit Outlook before I run the backup, but I get this in my log:
"06/13/2005 12:17:35 AM > File skipped, while in use: C:\Documents and Settings\benallgor\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\outlook.pst"

Sometimes Outlook.bak is also listed as skipped.

I am using Outlook 2002 (10.2627.2625) on Windows 2000,. Ver. 5.00.2195, SP4 .

I have made a new job that just backs up Outlook, and this usually works after a few tries.

I s there some way to make sure the Outlook files will backup the first time?

By: George Baird

08/09-2005 14:12

It sounds as if another program is locking the outlook.pst file.

Are you using any Desktop search tools such as the 'Copernic Desktop Search', 'Google Desktop Search' or 'Blinkx'? I get the feeling these progs stop Outlook from closing completely. NB. They monitor Outlook so that new e-mails can be indexed as soon as they arrive.

Hope this helps!

By: George Baird

08/09-2005 14:18

You'll probably want to backup your Outlook Express e-mails & your address book (which holds your contacts). On your PC :

1. Search for *.dbx.
2. Note the location of these files.
3. Search for *.wab.
4. Note the location of these files.
5. Add these file locations to your backup profile within Zip Backup to CD.
6. Save the Backup Job & you're done.


By: Ben Allgor

27/09-2005 03:03

I have finally gotten around this problem. In the folderC\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook I made a folder named bak. Now after I close Outlook before a backup, I move Outlook.pst and Archive.pst to the Bak folder. Then I move them back, and run the backup. Over the past couple of months it has backed them up every time (weekly).

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