How to move Outlook.ost and Outlook0.ost to another location?


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Lee

Hi

I use Outlook 2003 on XP Pro.

My 'C' drive is fairly small and used for OS only. My Apps are installed
onto my 'F' drive being a partition on a large drive. 'C' is running low on
space - partly due to the size of my local outlook files: outlook0.ost is
330MB and outlook.ost is 44MB.

I have looked in Tools>Options>Mail Setup>Data Files which allowed me to
move my main and archive .pst files but cannot see where or how to move the
..ost files to another location.

I hope someone out there knows the answer?

L
 
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Brian Tillman

Lee said:
My 'C' drive is fairly small and used for OS only. My Apps are
installed onto my 'F' drive being a partition on a large drive. 'C'
is running low on space - partly due to the size of my local outlook
files: outlook0.ost is 330MB and outlook.ost is 44MB.

I have looked in Tools>Options>Mail Setup>Data Files which allowed me
to move my main and archive .pst files but cannot see where or how to
move the .ost files to another location.

I hope someone out there knows the answer?
See if this helps. You need Outlook 2003.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896591/
 
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Lee

Brian Tillman said:
See if this helps. You need Outlook 2003.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896591/
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Hello Brian

Many thanks for the suggestion.

I am indeed using Outlook 2003 and followed the instructions - it has made
no difference at all. The .ost file was recreated in the default folder on
my C drive. However it is, for now, significantly smaller than previously
until the whole thing syncs again.

I discovered what appears to be the specific option under
Mailbox>Properties>Advanced>Advanced>Offline Folder Settings however I am
unable to manually edit the default location listed nor click on the
"Browse" button in order to choose a new location.

Are you aware of any other possible solutions?

TIA

L
 
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Brian Tillman

Lee said:
I discovered what appears to be the specific option under
Mailbox>Properties>Advanced>Advanced>Offline Folder Settings however
I am unable to manually edit the default location listed nor click on
the "Browse" button in order to choose a new location.
This worked for me:

I clicked Tools>E-mail Accounts>Next, selected my Exchange account, and
clicked Change, then More Settings. I selected the Advanced tab abd
unchecked "Use Chached Exchange Mode". I then clicked OK, answered the
prompt that told me my settings would take effect the next time I started
Outlook, clicked Next, then Finish. I stopped Outlook, then opened the
Mail applet in Control Panel, clicking E-mail Accounts. I again selected my
Exchange account, clicked Change, then More Settings, and Advanced. I
clicked "Offline Folder FIle Settings", then "DiIsable Offline Use", then
OK, then OK, then Next. I reclicked More Settings, then Advanced, then
"Offline Folder File Settings". The File field was not editable so I
entered a new OST path. I clicked OK, then rechecked "Use Cached Exchange
Mode", click OK, then Next, then Finish. When I restarted Outlook, I
received a brief popup stating that Outlook was preparing for first time
use. When it finished opening, I was back in cached Exchange mode and my
OST was in the new location.
 
L

Lee

Brian Tillman said:
This worked for me:

I clicked Tools>E-mail Accounts>Next, selected my Exchange account, and
clicked Change, then More Settings. I selected the Advanced tab abd
unchecked "Use Chached Exchange Mode". I then clicked OK, answered the
prompt that told me my settings would take effect the next time I started
Outlook, clicked Next, then Finish. I stopped Outlook, then opened the
Mail applet in Control Panel, clicking E-mail Accounts. I again selected
my Exchange account, clicked Change, then More Settings, and Advanced. I
clicked "Offline Folder FIle Settings", then "DiIsable Offline Use", then
OK, then OK, then Next. I reclicked More Settings, then Advanced, then
"Offline Folder File Settings". The File field was not editable so I
entered a new OST path. I clicked OK, then rechecked "Use Cached Exchange
Mode", click OK, then Next, then Finish. When I restarted Outlook, I
received a brief popup stating that Outlook was preparing for first time
use. When it finished opening, I was back in cached Exchange mode and my
OST was in the new location.
Brian - very many thanks!

This worked completely.

For the sake of those googling, I would note that having shut down Outlook,
I copied my current .ost file from C:/Documents and Settings/.... to the new
location. It was therefore waiting for me to find when I browsed to the new
location - otherwise the applet will ask to create a new .ost file which
would then take ages to populate with data as it syncs from the exchange
server. This way, Outlook uses the .ost data file that it knows and
loves.... ;-)

I then renamed my original .ost file in the original default location just
to be sure that Outlook was indeed using the new location. If it hadn't then
Outlook would create a new .ost file in the original location and you would
know that the reconfiguration had not worked. As it was, it did. I was then
able to delete the renamed original .ost file without problem.

Many thanks

L

I really appreciate your help.
 
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Brossyg

Brian,

The registry entry may work for .ost files related to Echange, but I use
Outlook 2003 for an MSN mailbox. It created a .ost file in the default
location and this registry entry does not seem to change it to the new path.
MSN are mapi accounts, not Exchange. How can I change the location of the
..ost file in this case?
 
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Brian Tillman

Brossyg said:
The registry entry may work for .ost files related to Echange, but I
use Outlook 2003 for an MSN mailbox. It created a .ost file in the
default location and this registry entry does not seem to change it
to the new path. MSN are mapi accounts, not Exchange. How can I
change the location of the .ost file in this case?
I suspect that you cannot.
 
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