Simple Methods to Open OST File on Another Computer

MS Outlook known for email service, uses OST file to store offline data and you can open this folder only by the account using which you have created this. But just think what if you want to move all your data including OST file to new computer. Is it possible to open OST file on another computer?

                  

No, you can’t open OST file directly on a new computer. If you try to open, you will get an error stating that “The File C:\Users\admin\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\outlook.ost file cannot be opened”. So, what can be done?

Well, you can access your OST file on another computer by converting it to PST file. Here we are going to explain how to covert OST to PST and steps to open the converted OST file.


Step #1: Convert your OST to PST


Method 1: Manual Method

  • Go to Outlook and create a new PST file
  • Then, open OST file which has to be converted and select all the items
  • Now open newly created PST file and paste all the items selected from OST file

Note: It is possible to convert OST file to PST file manually, only if OST file available with MS Outlook or Exchange server. If it is orphaned, then you need to make use of convert OST to PST software.


Method 2: Conversion with the help of Software

Sometimes, manual method tends to OST file corruption and most importantly, it does not ensure data integrity. Tell us what you think? Is it safe to use manual method? Well, we don’t think it is safe. Instead of using this method, you can use Convert OST to PST software to convert Outlook Data File to PST. Few steps and your OST file will be converted to PST. Moreover, it will not alter your original OST file during conversion.

                  

Here are the Steps to Convert OST to PST File -


1: Download the software on your computer and install it. Next run the application.

2: When the main screen appears, choose either "Open OST File" or "Find OST File" as shown in Fig 1.

  • Open OST File - If you don’t know exact location of your OST file, then use Find OST File option
  • Find OST File -If you know the location of your PST file, then use Open OST File option

How To Import OST File In Outlook 2016 - Home Screen

Figure 1: Home Screen

3: After selecting OST file, click on Next button to move to the next window

Import OST File In Outlook 2016- Find OST File

Figure 2: Find OST File

4: In the next window, select the location to save your converted OST file and click on Convert button

Convert OST PST - Path of Converted Files

Figure 3: Path of Converted Files

5: After completion, click on Finish button

Import OST File In Outlook 2016- Final screen shot

Figure 4: Final Stage

Step #2: Open Converted OST File

Once you convert your OST file either using manual method or convert OST to PST software, you have to open it in Outlook.

  • In new computer, configure Outlook and click on File tab
  • Select Import and Export option and choose "Import from another program or file" from the list
  • Now, select "Personal Folder File" option and click on Next
  • Next, select converted OST file and hit "Next"

Now, you can access your OST file data in newly configured Outlook on new computer.