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Join Date: Apr 2008
Re: Change the default location for the Outlook .pst file
Outlook defaults to typically lame Microsoft paths. If you want to keep your email off your primary data drive, this is how you change the paths:
- Create a new delivery location for incoming mail.
- Temporarily disable Send&Receive before doing this if you want to be able to delete the file in a few minutes. Otherwise your new emails will accumulate here.
- Go to Tools > E-Mail Accounts… > View or change existing email accounts.
- At the bottom of the dialogue, where it says “Deliver new email to the following location”
- Click on “New Outlook Data File” and create a new delivery location. Name it whatever you want. I just used it as a temporary placeholder to make Outlook happy, so I named it “Temp Location”.
- In the “Data Files…” dialogue (Tools > Options… > Mail Setup > Data Files…), select the original .pst file. Click “Open Folder” to view the file in Windows Explorer.
- Leave the Windows Explorer window alone for now and click “Remove” in the Outlook Data Files window. This will take the .pst file off of Outlook’s list but will not delete the actual file.
- Quit Outlook. In Windows Explorer, rename, move, or delete the old .pst file. Just rename it or move it if you want to save a copy. Delete it if you are sure you don’t want any of your old mail.
- Restart outlook. It will warn you that your original .pst file could not be found. You will be provided with a dialogue window for locating or creating one. In that dialogue, browse to wherever you want to keep your .pst file and name it whatever you want.