Recover Archived Outlook Mail from Disk

Here’s How To Recover Or Read Archived Outlook Email

When you archive old email from Outlook to media such as DVD-ROM and save the messages in a PST file, you clean up and speed up Outlook. To access messages later, open them from the archive or import them back into Outlook.

The instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; and Outlook for Office 365.

Read or recover archived Outlook mail from removable media

To recover or read archived Outlook email from removable media:

  1. Go to the tab File and select Information .

  2. Select account settings > account settings .

  3. Go to the tab Data files .

  4. Select To add .

  5. Select Outlook Data File (.pst) .

  6. Select Okay .

  7. Locate the PST archive you want to reload and select Okay .

    If you get an error after this step, make sure the media is not write protected or copy the PST file to your desktop before opening it.

  8. Select close to .

  9. Open the newly added archive location in the Outlook navigation pane.

  10. Browse the archive or copy messages and folders to your main mailbox.

  11. To close the archive location, right click and select Close to” Personal Folders (where Personal Folders is the name you gave the PST).

  12. The archive file is removed from the Folders pane.

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