Ost To Pst File Conversion

Hello BENKRU #1 - As you've discovered, an OST file can only be opened/read by the original Outlook profile/email account used to create the file. Every time an IMAP or Exchange account gets configured, a new OST file is created #2 - For a COX account, this would be for an IMAP account. So the question to confirm is - what exactly is it are you trying to recover.

Reason for that question is that when an IMAP account is configured, the OST file is created and Outlook will sync with the server for all email folders.

4 Steps total

What is not sync'd with the server are the contact/calendar folders - that's the primary reason you would need to use an OST2PST conversion tool #3 - There are countless OST2PST conversion tools.

  1. Whichever you decide to use, be sure to download/test it before making any purchase to ensure that it can read the file as expected.
  2. Going forward, there is a way to mitigate this problem from occurring again.
  3. These following instructions won't help your current situation but will ensure that you won't have to go through it again and assume that you already have your contact/calendar data is in a PST file #1 - Instead of importing the contact/calendar data into IMAP folders that have the words "This Computer Only" in the folder description, simply add the PST file to the Outlook profile.
  4. From within Outlook, go to File --> Open & Export --> Open Outlook Data file --> browse to the PST file and select it #2 - Set this newly added PST file as the "default data file" for the Outlook profile, this is where the default contact/calendar folders are stored.
  5. Go to File --> Account Settings -->Data File tab --> select the newly added PST file --> click on From this point forward, your contact/calendar data will be stored in a PST file.

Outlook never deletes a PST file on its own and a PST file can always be opened/read by Outlook.

Step 4: Professional Solution - To convert Orphaned OST file in PST

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First of all, there is no free way to do this. As you've discovered, there are a number of third parties with conversion software, but all of them are commercial products and require purchase for full functionality.
An .OST file would indicate that the Cox email account was an IMAP type and, as such, all the emails and their folder structure are still available on the Cox email server.
Re-creating the account in Outlook as an IMAP type will rebuild the .OST file's folder structure and email content - one of the nice things about IMAP is it stores all that stull on the server.
What would be lost would be Contacts, Calendar items, Tasks and the like. IMAP does not sync these.

The original .OST file is toast without the original Outlook Profile and email account that created it, so the only way to get anything out of it, at this point, is with the commercial software mentioned above.

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