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Tech Tips

Answers to Some of the Most FAQs
(After A Data Recovery!)

Where are my Outlook files?”

For the most part, your OUTLOOK email files can found by following this path:

C:\Documents and Settings\Users Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook


How Do I Import my Outlook Email?”

Importing email into outlook

  1. Start Outlook
  2. right click on PERSONAL FOLDERS
  4. A browser window will open. Navigate to your file and open it.
    (Outlook Email files have an extension of *.PST)
  5. You will then have 2 inbox folders. You can drag the emails into 1 inbox and then close the other folder.

Another option is:
* File -> Open -> Open Outlook Data File:

A third method to import your Outlook emails:
* File -> Import and export


The links below describe how to take ownership of a file or a folder to which you are denied access.

If you must access a file or a folder that you do not have rights to, you must take ownership of that file or folder. When you do this, you replace the security permissions that were originally created for the file or folder.

 Link for How To Take Ownership of files in Windows Vista:

Link for How to Take Ownership of files in Windows XP:


“How Can I Quickly Find A Specific File/Folder?”

Using the SEARCH button in Windows Explorer is the easiest way to locate a particular file, folder or file type.

  • Open Windows Explorer

  • Click on the Search button

  • Click on “All files & Folders” (in the left window)

  • Type in name of file, folder or extension (example: *.doc for Word Documents) that you are looking for in the box labeled “All of part of the file name:”

  • Navigate to the correct location of the recovered data in the box labeled “Look in:”

  • Make sure Advanced Options include (are checked): Search System Folders, Search Hidden Files and Folders & Search Subfolders. It provides a more thorough search!

  • Then click on the SEARCH button below

  • Your results should appear in the right window

PLEASE NOTE: Make sure that Windows Explorer is set to show "hidden" files as well.
To do that follow these steps:
    1. Open Windows Explorer
    2. Click on the TOOLS caption in the top tool bar
    3. Click on "Folder Options"
    4. Click on the tab labeled "VIEW"
    5. Scroll down to the section labeled HIDDEN FILES AND FOLDERS
    6. Make sure that the option to "SHOW HIDDEN FILES AND FOLDERS" is selected
    7. If is it not, click in the circle next to it to select it
    8. Uncheck the option below it that states "Hide extensions for know file types"
    9. Click APPLY and then OK