The outlook is the most commonly used desktop-based Email client these days, there are much organization have started using this application. If you are a constant user of Outlook then you must know about the two data files which are the companion of Outlook. Mainly, there are two types of Outlook data files one is OST which stands for Offline storage table and the other is PST which stands for Personal storage table which is used by MS Outlook to save its mail account data. PST files are the default format where the Outlook stores its data. OST file is the replica of the data stored in an Exchange server that comes in action when the users want to work in MS Outlook in an offline mode.
When the Outlook is used in cached mode on, then all the data stored in the MS Exchange mail account is saved in a hard drive for offline access. This offline replica/data is called OST. OST files allow the users to work on the mailbox even if the connectivity to the Exchange server is unavailable. Despite being an efficient application MS Outlook faces issues due to the problem with OST files. One of the main issues of the OST file is, it becomes corrupted when its size grows beyond a certain limit. In this blog, we will be discussing to open OST file in Outlook 2016 and other Outlook formats also.
Where are the OST files located?
To know where the OST files store users are needed to access the content of the file in the system. Some steps to find the exact location of OST.
- Browse the MS Outlook in the old system where the OST file and all the mailbox data such as emails, contacts, attachment, etc. are stored.
- Choose the configured name and right-click on it to select ‘Data file properties’.
- All items of configured account appear in the new window, select the ‘Advanced’ option.
- The location of the file can be seen in a data file sets that appear like the following path “C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\”.
- Copy the file location and paste it into the search box and click enter.
- Select the OST file which you need to access the item in other systems.
Open OST file in Outlook 2016 and other Outlook formats.
These data files can be opened with a configured account (exchange server) only. Once you disconnected from the server or update your account at that time then the OST file gets stray which can’t be open or import directly in Outlook. In such a scenario, there could be two possible way, one is that you can go with the manual method or second is an efficient way.
Firstly, let’s talk about the manual method
If you want to perform a method for conversion of OST file into PST files you need to have an exchange server connection and MS Outlook properly installed. After that, you can import/export wizard in Outlook to import quickly all data to PST.
Though the process seems very simple it more difficult if you do not have the proper setup of an exchange server. Also for every mailbox, this process is repeated from start to end which leads to consuming a lot of time.
Now let’s talk about the smart way to open OST files to Outlook 2016
KDETools OST to PST converter is a reliable and trusted solution for conversion of OST to Outlook 2016 and other Outlook versions. The software exports the highly secured and password protected files to Outlook 2016. This software extracts the entire mailbox item like Contact, Calendars, Notes, Journals, etc. from the OST file and converts them to Outlook 2016. It is designed to export all OST files to MS Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007 and in the lower version also. Moreover, the software converts OST, PST, and NST to the desired file format. It recovers and converts the inaccessible OST files to Outlook 2016. Users can split the converter oversized PST files into small files as per the desired size. The software remains all the Email Meta properties like To, Cc, Bcc, Subject, Time, and date, etc. during performs a safe conversion. The software is compatible with all Outlook formats ANSI and UNICODE.