Microsoft Outlook creates two types of database files i.e, OST & PST to store its complete data. OST (Offline Storage Table) data file stores the Microsoft Exchange server data. Whenever you are connected with Exchange server and configure Outlook with cache mode OST file is generated. However, if you are not connected to the server, Outlook makes PST file. The default location of OST and PST files are same. In simple words, we can define that OST is used for cached storage but PST file is not.
There could be various reasons for the free conversion of OST to PST format. Some of them I am going to discuss. See below:
So to avoid the risks of corruption in OST file data and due to above reasons, the conclusion comes out that it would be better to move OST file to PST format.
Yes, let us see how to convert Exchange OST file to PST using free tricks. You can follow any free method to migrate OST to PST.
Trick 1: Use Export Feature of Microsoft Outlook.
This trick allow user to export files from Exchange OST to Outlook PST. Please see below manual method for the migration of OST file to PST format.
Note: Above free conversion of OST file to PST trick will be applicable only if user connected to the Microsoft Exchange Server.
Trick 2: Use Archive Feature of Microsoft Outlook.
It is used to transfer data to mailbox items to Outlook Data File (.pst). See the below steps:
Note: Using above manual trick, you are able to move entire OST file data except Outlook Contacts.
Trick 3: Export Outlook items to new PST
This trick can be use to migrate mailbox items of Exchange Offline OST file into new PST.
Note: With the help of above free trick you cannot drag Inbox, Sent Items, Calendars, Contacts, etc. default folder into a PST file. So, just copy the folder from Offline OST file to PST.
In case, after using above three free tricks if you are unable to export exchanges mailbox to PST file, then without wasting too much time you should go with Trick 4 which will definitely convert OST to Outlook data file (.pst) easily and safely without getting any issue.
Trick 4: Use Commercial Tool – OST to PST
You can easily repair and export Offline OST file to PST format easily and safely without any data loss with the help of third party commercial tool. Let's see the features and functionality of OST to PST software.
OST to PST migration is an effective tool to recover or fix the corrupted part of Outlook Offline data file which is commonly known as OST. Microsoft Outlook creates this file on the user's local machine to save a copy of Exchange server's data. As like PST file, OST data file contains all the attributes of emails like calendar,contacts, notes, tasks, journals etc. The OST recovery resume your work processes by recovering corrupted Outlook OST file successfully without any harms. The software provide option to search multiple OST files from the drive and to repair OST files together. It also allows to remove SMIME / OpenPGP encryption from Outlook emails in OST files.
You can also migrate the retrieved OST file into PST file using this OST extractor tool. It gives you an output file that contains your original mailbox contents, in exact structure, info, with exact properties and content details.
OST to PST Explorer will not just help you to migrate OST file to PST data file, but also allow users to export these repaired Offline OST file into four variant file formats like PST, EML, MSG, HTML and it can directly export recovered OST file data into Office 365 account. These resultant file formats are common file formats which are even compatible in email client platforms like Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, Lotus Notes and so on.
OST email extractor also deals with permanently lost emails of OST file. It's a complete tool-kit to troubleshoot the various bugs of OST File whether it's about to repair OST file or retrieving Outlook PST file's data from in the hard deletion scenario. The application also provides options to decrypt SMIME / OpenPGP encrypted emails from Outlook messages in OST files.
If you are facing a problem where your connection with Exchange server has been broken due to some server related issues maintenance and server down, then download the free demo version of OST extractor and repair OST file right now.
The demo edition of the OST to PST Migration tool is entirely free and helps users to evaluate the working of the application. It also allows to export 25 items per folder from the corrupted OST data file after migrating OST file into PST, MSG, EML, HTML or Office 365.