How to move IMAP or EAS data files

Last reviewed on May 8, 2014   —  115 comments

Applies to: Microsoft Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2003

An Outlook user asks:

Without starting Outlook 2007, I moved the IMAP pst from C to D. I hoped Outlook would ask me where the file is. However it creates a new one in the same location. How do I make Outlook use the new location?

That method is used to move *.pst files used by POP3 accounts, it won't work with the IMAP protocol. (Actually, it's not recommended that you use that method for any PST - you should move the PST then point the profile to the new location before opening Outlook.)

Use ForcePSTPath registry value to relocate Outlook 2013 IMAP and EAS .ost data files.

While I don't recommend moving the IMAP *.pst unless your drive space is tight, you can move the IMAP *.pst using the following steps. You cannot reuse an IMAP data file with a different profile.

These methods work with Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013. I recommend using ForcePSTPath with Outlook 2010 and up. Note: Outlook 2013 IMAP and EAS *.ost files honor the ForcePSTPath key, not ForceOSTPath even though the data file extension is *.ost.

Outlook 2010 users report problems sending and receiving email. In Outlook 2010 or 2013, make sure you select the sent folder in More Settings. Or use the ForcePSTPath key then add the account to your profile after creating the key. I tested the ForcePSTPath with IMAP accounts in Outlook 2010, without error.

Symbolic Links and Junction Points can be used. See How to Move Shell Folders (and contents) for more information.

Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2013 use the ForcePSTPath registry key to change the default data file path from C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook. This change will not move existing pst files in your profile. If you create new accounts in your profile (or create a new profile), .pst or IMAP/EAs .ost files will be placed in the path entered in the registry. This does not affect the location of Exchange or Outlook connector .ost files.

Using ForcePSTPath | Reusing an IMAP data file | Move the PST

Using the ForcePSTPath regedit

Use the ForcePSTPath regedit to change the default *.pst or Outlook 2013 IMAP and EAS *.ost path. This key works for for POP3, IMAP, and SharePoint data files but does not affect Exchange and Outlook Connector ost files; the Exchange and Outlook Connector ost files are always saved in default path under the user account (C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook on Windows 7 and Vista).

The ForcePSTPath key will relocate the pst files used by IMAP accounts in Outlook 2010 but not in earlier versions. If you use Outlook 2007, you'll need to move the pst file and repoint the profile to it, following the steps below.

Note: This does not change the path for existing accounts. It works only for accounts created after the key is set. Remember to create the folder you want to store the IMAP pst files in before you set the key.

In Start menu, Run (Windows key + R) or the Start Search field (Win7 and Vista only) type regedit and click OK.

Registry Editor for ForcePSTPath

Browse to the following subkey in the registry.

In Outlook 2007 (POP3, Sharepoint, and default pst files only):

In Outlook 2010 go to

In Outlook 2013, the path is

Right click on the key and choose New then click String Value.
String Value: ForcePSTPath with your desired data path as the value data

Click OK and edit the registry editor. If Outlook is open, close it then restart. Newly created data files will default to the location. Existing data files would need to be moved.

Do It For Me

If you don't want to edit the registry directly, you can use one of these text files - you need to edit the path before changing the file extension to reg and double clicking on it to run it.

Be sure the path exists before adding the key to the registry. If it does not exist, Outlook will drop back to the default Microsoft\Outlook location under the user account (and in Outlook 2010, to My Documents\Outlook files for POP3 and additional pst files.)

Remember to use double \\ between folder names in the path in the reg file. (Use single slashes if you edit the registry directly.)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

Outlook 2013 Outlook 2010 Outlook 2007

Remember: you need to edit the path name, the save it using the .reg extension (or change the extension to reg after saving). Then you need to double click on the reg file to update the registry!

Reusing an IMAP data file

We receive a lot of questions from people who want to reuse the IMAP data file, either on a new computer or with a new profile. Sorry, this is not possible currently. Only the profile that created the IMAP data file can use it.

Using it in a new profile would not make the process faster as Outlook would re-sync every thing in the data file.

Note: If you download full messages, you can open and view the contents of the pst file in another Outlook profile. While this may suffice as a backup of the mailbox or an archive, if you need to clean out the IMAP account, we recommend moving messages to a local pst file to insure the full message bodies are downloaded.

Steps to Move the PST

First, close Outlook then make sure Outlook is not listed in Task Manager, Processes tab a few minutes after you close it.

  1. Open the profile (Control panel, search for Mail) and click on Data files.
  2. Select the IMAP acct and click Open Folder to open the folder containing the PST.
  3. Move the PST to the desired location. Do not rename the file Outlook creates a new file in the default location if you try to rename it - you can only move it.
  4. Switch to the Data Files window and double click on the account's data file.
  5. Now you'll get the 'can't find' error and can tell outlook where to find it.
  6. Close the dialogs and you are ready to restart outlook.

Video Tutorial: Move IMAP *.pst

More Information

For more information, see the following Microsoft KB article
How to change the default location that Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2002 uses to create or to open a personal folders (.pst) file

This method will work with SharePoint and Internet Calendars. You can’t (easily) move Outlook Connector message stores for Hotmail/MSN/Live accounts. In my experience, this method is mostly reliable but does occasionally get 'lost' and a new pst is made in the default location.

If the above methods don't work and you are serious about moving the pst, you can use symbolic links or junction points. See Symbolic Links (MSDN), Junction Points (MSDN), and How to Move Shell Folders (and contents) for more information.

See To move a Personal Folders .pst file for instructions for moving POP3 pst files and Hotmail Connector files.

Written by

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

Please post long or more complicated questions at Outlookforums.

115 responses to “How to move IMAP or EAS data files”

  1. Brian

    This does not work with Vista-64 or Windows 7-64.

    The move works fine and all emails can be seen, but Outlook will no longer syncronize the IMAP folders afterwards. Had to move it back and it worked again.

  2. Lee


    I have tried in vain all evening, both methods, to no avail.

    Can't send and receive after moving PST file and the registry edit doesn't work either.

    Using Windows 7 x64 with Outlook 2007.

  3. GD

    I tried other methods and this method looks way too complicated.

    But I have found another method (at least for MS Outlook 2010) to move the PST data file to a new folder.

    1. Move/copy data file to desired location. (yes if you move this file it will generate another PST file straight away but don’t worry about this at this time)

    2. In outlook go to FILE>ACCOUNTSETTINGS

    3. On the email tab select the email account of the PST file you have just copied/moved and delete/remove.

    4. On the same email tab now select NEW.

    5. Select the E-MAIL ACCOUNT BUTTON> NEXT.


    7. Select INTERNET E-MAIL button> NEXT.

    8. N.B. Select EXISTING OUTLOOK DATA FILE button and then browse/locate the PST file that you moved.

    9. Fill in the usual email account setting for your account for the rest of the form.

    10. Delete old PST file in windows explorer.

    11. Done :)

    1. Tom

      The method selecting manually configuring server worked in outlook 2013. I had to select pop3 and of course it did not work, but I had outlook repair it and it works fine.

  4. GD

    your right I didn't realise after I changed type from POP3 to IMAP that the option to select folder location was removed, should have known it would not be that easy.

    oh well!!!

  5. fd

    hi, I m on win 7 64bits and outlook 2007. I tried the ForcePSTPath method, including another path (T:OUTLOOK) . I cut the pst and moved into this folder, but outlook keep creating a new file in c:... when opening it.... so for me no solutions :(

  6. Chris

    Thanks!! I have been looking how to do this for ages and moving the pst didn't work.

    Oulook is such a pain!

    I used the ForcePSTPath for Outlook 2010 64-Bit to move 2 IMAP emails to another partition. Absolutely awesome.

  7. fd

    Do you think junction.exe could work?

  8. fd

    Hi sorry to come back so late.... i dont remember! I had too much stress so i had to quit what i was doing.

    Reading again your post i notice that its written "This does not change the path for existing accounts. It works only for accounts created after the key is set." . So if i have well understood i cant move this folder in 2010/imap.

    I need to move the one that exist and dont want to re-create it..

  9. SSP

    "Steps to Move PST" is very helpful. Thank you.

  10. Mr. X

    Microsoft should be taken back to the shed and paddled on this one. Does anyone at Microsoft proof their KB articles? They just assume everyone uses POP3 accounts and skip the rest. Their instructions at were a waste of time for this Outlook 2010 IMAP user on 64-bit Windows 7. I kept trying to find the "Deliver new messages to" settings but never found them. I just rebuilt my computer and have spent more time on trying to bring in my old IMAP PST file than on anything else.

  11. Franz47

    Thanks a lot for the "Using the ForcePSTPath regedit" hint! After trying for several days in vane to make Outlook 2010 / Win7-64bit keep its data on another partition than the program and almost giving up this method worked for me. Registry edited, new account created in Outlook, everything goes to the place I want.

  12. Davis

    Well I finally gave up on moving IMAP folders (Win7-64 bit & Outlook 2010). After I reset Outlook to first run, deleted all pst files I used the ForcePSTPath regedit option, but, after re-setup, email accounts this only moved the POP accounts. The IMAP's reset in C-drive. Next I tried moving IMAP folders as in above video. That, I thought worked... but after checking I found out while I was recieving mail, it was not sending. Only work around was to manually click on Send Receive Tab/individual account Inbox. The Send All account, while it had listed IMAP accounts in it, did not work The IMAP's were not showing up in the Send&Receive Progress window. So if I wanted to manually send each account, it would work. So went back to defaults on C-drive.

    Why does Microsoft see fit to lock user data files locations? I had C-drive failure between backups that cost me alot of work. I now try to keep all user data on D-drive and back it up daily. Now I have to set backup to locate these individual files. Oh well...

  13. Koblenz

    In Outlook 2010 (32-bit) running on Win 7 Enterprise 64-bit, I ran into the same problem of being able to receive e-mails, but not able to send e-mails -- after moving the IMAP-based PST file. To resolve the problem, and as suggested in the thread above, here is what worked for me:

    1) Added the ForcePSTPath registry item as described at the beginning of this posting. For what it's worth:
    i) I added a "Expandable String Value" instead "String Value"
    ii) I only used single backslashes rather than double backslashes (e.g., c:\mail)

    2) Rebooted (probably not necessary, but did so to be sure)

    3) Added a brand new profile, being careful to select the same IMAP settings as my original profile.

    4) Upon opening Outlook, I immediately checked to confirm that the *.pst file was being created in my newly-specified location.

  14. Susan

    Argh! I have spent most of the day in an attempt to move my pst files to My Documents. You'd think I was performing brain surgery blindfolded. I moved my old pst file to a new folder under: c:\Users\Susan\Documents\OUTLOOK. I removed all profiles in Outlook before I started ForcePSTpath and added a new key with the value: c:\Users\Susan\Documents\OUTLOOK. I opened Outlook was asked to create a new profile which I did. Under data files, I see Personal Folders pointed to the new file under Documents. The email account however is pointed towards anew file in the darn Users\Susan\App Data etc. default location. I cannot "remove" this new pst file in the App Data location becuase it is linked to the email account that I just set up after adding the registry key.

    I am tempted to uninstall and reinstall Outlook but I'm not sure that will help. I am so tired of this and wondering why I even cared where Windows wanted to put the darn pst file. Any recommendations? Thanks.

  15. Susan

    Outlook 2007, windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bit. I have since moved the pst files back to App Data\Local\Microsoft\Outlook, removed the ForcePSTpath key, and removed/added my single email account back to Outlook. I can get my mail now, but cannot get Notes or Contacts. I have created a monster and have forgotten whatever it was that made me want to mess with this in the first place! Since Outlook now has several PST files, I wonder if there is any software that will clean up pst files, that is, remove duplicate emails, merge pst files, or separate them into custom groups. I appreciate your help.

  16. HZ


    I have Outlook 2007 with Windows 7 professional 64-bit. Like some of the people in this discussion list, I couldn't synchronize the IMAP folders after moving, and also creating a new profile after the ForcePSTPath did not work (it still created the pst-file in the old location, even though I indicated the full path in the string value, and the folders of this new path already existed). I tried the latter method many different times, but it wouldn't work. I noticed that the people who had the same problem with ForcePSTPath all have Outlook 2007 and Windows 7 64-bit, and those who succeeded seem to have Outlook 2010 and Windows 7 64-bit. Might this be the problem? Thanks for your recommendations.

  17. HZ

    Thanks for your reply.

    This is exactly the key that I used. I tried it six different times using all possible alternatives that I could think of; for example, once putting the new path in quotation marks and another time trying without quotation marks, etc. But the result was always the same. I also tried it on another computer that had win 7 home premium 64, instead of win 7 professional 64. Same result. Thank you for your advice.

  18. HZ

    Thanks, I look forward to your feedback.

  19. Beredan

    Howdy Guys.

    I've had the joy myself of hitting my head against a brick wall due to migrating to outlook 2010 for staff this month and let me say office 2010 is hopeless. We previously in 2007 we used Group Policy to perform the path for outlook %HOMEDRIVE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook which worked well. of course you had to manually move the IMAP pst but this was not too much of a problem and it didn't cause a serious problem if it switched back. With outlook 2010 has been a nightmare with outlook profiles getting in the slightest tizzy if the pst file moves at all. Which is made even worse as outlook keeps ignoring the imap.pst file frequently and creating a new 1 in the c drive. -.- this happens to both Migrated and new profiles (which it creates in the right spot) too.
    Any words of wisdom before i tell Microsoft where to shove it.

    FYI Windows XP 32 Bit - Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus

  20. billb

    Have you ever solved the problem with outlook 2007 and windows 7 64 bit? Would appreciate your follow-up.


  21. Neil Garside


    I'm using Outlook 2010 x64 on Windows 7 x64 and having applied the 'ForcePSTPath' registry setting to force my PSTs to go to the "C:\Users\\My Outlook Files" directory. I then created a brand new Outlook profile for an IMAP account but was surprised to find two pst files were created in the "C:\Users\\My Outlook Files" directory. The two files are named:

    [1] - .pst (~70 MB in size)
    [2] Outlook Data File - .pst (265 KB in size)

    Furthermore, when I open Outlook and select the 'Folder List' in the navigation pane I see two sets of folders, one named 'Outlook Data File' and the other with my mail account name. Only the second set of folders contain e-mails; the 'Outlook Data File' e-mail folders are empty.

    In my account settings/E-mail tab I can see that new messages are delivered to PST [1] above, but on the 'Data Files' tab it is PST [2] above that is set as the default. I cannot set PST [1] as the default as the 'Set as Default' is disabled!

    Is this the usual behaviour, i.e., for 2 PST files to be created for a single IMAP account, and for 2 sets of folders to appear in Outlook, one of which is essentially empty?

    Kind regards,


  22. Neil Garside

    It looks like my use of angled brackets wasn't appreciated! The 2 PST file names are (this time with square brackets):

    [1] [mail_account_name] – [profile_name].pst (~70 MB in size)
    [2] Outlook Data File – [profile_name].pst (265 KB in size)

    Kind regards,


  23. rcarty

    This worked great for me, thank you! I have a SSD drive for my OS, and a 2tb files drive and needed the space badly. I had to remove and re-ad my IMAP account after using the ForcePSTpath setting (I tried using the moved IMAP file, but had the send mail error as you mentioned). Otherwise it's all good.

    Windows7x64; Outlook 2010

  24. Mr. O

    I configured my IMAP account as POP3 in Outlook 2010 (x86), with reference to my incoming server like
    That way I was able to attach to the user selectable pst file (far away from the C drive).
    Everything seems to work fine, although I have only been running with this account for a couple of hours.

  25. Robert

    This was perfect - Thank you so much for taking the time

  26. Paul Wagner

    Outlook 2010. Data currently stored in IMAP pst. If I build a new POP3 profile and drag the messages from the IMAP pst to the POP inbox, can I then close/remove the IMAP file. In other words, is the data in the POP NOT simply referencing the IMAP in cloaked disguise.

  27. George


    thanks for this solution

    I work on outlook 2010.

    I succeeded on pointing to a different drive and I can read new email messages

    the only problem now is that I cannot send emails

    it returns the following error message:

    Sending reported error (0x8004010F): 'Outlook data file cannot be accessed'

    could you please help me on this?

  28. George

    it is ticked on Save sent items in the following folder on the server: Gmail > sent items

  29. George

    i put to do not save sent items
    same error message and code
    any other ideas?

  30. George

    should I try removing the account, delete any pst files and then built it again from scratch?

  31. Catalin B.

    I managed to do this for Outlook 2010 using IMAP accounts.
    See my solution here:

  32. anandchakru

    After 30 mins of wasting my time.. ended up here !! You rock !! Thank you !!

  33. Michael Madsen

    Thank you SO much!
    I've been trying out all kinds of things, searching the internet for solutions for how to move IMAP pst file in Outlook 2007.
    Your 6 "Steps to Move the PST" did the trick!

  34. Prashanth

    Registry edit worked for me. Running Windows 7 64bit and Office 64bit. I deleted my previous acc and all pst files before editing the registry and then remade the same acc. Since its IMAP, its redownloading all my email from server to my pc into the new location which i have set. My email is 15gb big so probably gonna take the whole night but i don't mind. Thanks for the user friendly guide.

  35. bob


  36. Vince

    I'm confused after reading here. Does the 6 step move method only create problems on Outlook 2010, or possibly on older versions too?

  37. Vince

    OK thanks

  38. Vince

    One other question. For me, the only reason to move the IMAP pst is to make it easier to backup. But is there really any reason to back it up, since it is stored on the server and on my other devices? Thanks

  39. Vince

    OK thanks for the info.
    You said that Outlook 2010 imap accounts use ost files - I've read that before, but my Outlook 2010 created a pst file when I set up my Gmail imap account. Do you have any thoughts why that would be?

  40. Neal Murphy


    I've set up a linux-based samba v3 domain for a church office, with file server; 1000 lines of shell script builds the whole domain, including users, groups, folder structure, and access controls. Using various tricks I dug out of Google, I have each user's entire profile stored on the server, in the 'home' dir mounted at H:. The idea is to store their 'local' data on the server and ensure that they get their desktop and email regardless of where they log in.

    In testing, all was great. Then the business manager tested transferring her docs & settings to the domain. And quickly found that Outlook 2010 does not deal with the profile being on the server, with respect to IMAP; it *always* creates the IMAP PST on the local computer. And won't use it on the next login. POP3 works great. We despaired because I'd found no workable solution; they're going to stay with local logins until I find a solution.

    I've just discovered ForcePSTPath, and this site. I want to try it; I'll gladly be a guinea pig as usual. But it leads to a question: will ForcePSTPath work if the new location is not local (resides on a server? That is, would you expect "H:\some_path" to work? Might you even expect "\\samba_server\homes\user\some_path" to work? Oh, and another Q: will this work just for the current user? Or can it be made to work for all users who log into the domain from that computer?


  41. müslüm Baba

    moving PST worked perfect for me. Thanks. I have Outlook 2010 on Windows 8.

  42. Jack

    I tried most all the ways to move a pst posted here and other places like Microsoft and found the only one that worked was the one suggested on Oct 3, 2011. Thanks for posting it. I was surprised that the MS one indicated going to Control Panel and use the Mail routine. There is no Mail in Control Panel. Thanks for all your help.

  43. Sean Ackley, CA

    What a great article. Thanks so much. The key for me was to get into the Mail control panel window, as specified and move underneath. This causes the control panel to force a find on the new path. Very excellent subtle tip!

  44. Nick Iaconetti

    I have repeatedly tried to follow the steps in the initial article with no success. I copied the IMAP file and then deleted the source file. I then executed the command below from an elevated prompt.

    mklink "C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\ABC Business Account-1.pst" "C:\Users\%username%\Documents\Mail Files\ABC Business Account-1.pst"

    The message below followed execution of the command.
    The syntax of the command is incorrect.

    I am running Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit.

    Any suggestions as to why this is not completing successfully would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance

  45. flaneige

    I uninstalled Office 2003, then I subscribed to Office 365
    Everything went ok (email accounts, PST file, rules), except junk email handling.
    - block sender does not add the sender to the liste (although the message is moved to the junk folder)
    - senders in the list are not blocked
    I use only POP accounts.
    The PST file isn't in the defaut location, could that be the issue ?
    I have tried the ForcePSTPath modification, to no avail.
    Thanks for your help

  46. flaneige

    One list has about 50 entries, the other about 250
    Even with empty lists, the "Add sender to ..;" does not add the sender to the list

    I have deleted the profile and created a new one. The PST file is now in the default location.
    The problem is still there

  47. flaneige

    I have been through the same process (upgrade from Office 2003 to Office 365) on my second PC. One is running Windows 7, the other is running Windows 8.
    The problem is on both computers.
    I suspect some keys remain wrong after the upgrade.
    What do you suggest ?
    Thanks again for your help.

  48. flaneige

    I've got an explanation here
    Now, I just have to find a workaround !

  49. flaneige

    Yes, it is (but the thread is long)
    The problem comes from delivering several POP email accounts into the same PST file.
    There is no a single block/safe list but there are as many as email accounts.
    Add sender to list update the list for the default account only.
    See also

  50. Tony Cannon

    Diane, thanks for the easy video. I successfully moved my .pst file in Outlook 2010 under Win 7 Pro. However, when I opened Outlook and told it where the file had gone to, though it opened everything OK, the Send/receive button had gone from the Home ribbon, and emails wouldn't send using the Send /Receive tab. So I had to move it back! WHat am I doing wrong?

  51. Tony Cannon

    Diane, thanks for your time. I went through the video again and used ForcePSTPath, but still the Send/receive button disappeared. in Account Setting > select account > Change folder button it asks me for a new email delivery location. No sign of the word IMAP. Am I being dim?

  52. Nathalie Arrigone

    Hi. In anticipation of this issue happening I tried to move my IMAP.pst's contents to a regular pst file. unfortunately this errored out losing MUCH data I the process...not in either pst file nor on the internet server (google apps/gmail). fortunately i have one of the IMAP.pst files on another machine that is near enough up to date. What is the recommended method of cleaning out THOUSANDS of files and HUNDREDS of folders to another pst file...or maybe I could just use that IMAP.pst file elsewhere 'as-is' ???

    any pointers appreciated

  53. Karen

    Hi Diane,
    Specs: Windows 8 (64) & Office 2010 (32)
    From: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook
    To: E:\My Programs\My Data\1 Outlook 2010\1 email accounts
    .pst - standard IMAP email accounts from a work server & for iCloud .me accounts
    .ost - Outlook connector for hotmail & live accounts

    I used ForcePSTPath (works correctly) & junction.exe to link the the folders:
    mklink /J "above" "above"

    Overkill? Because junction moves the entire folder, I shouldn't need the registry edit?

    2: What do I do with: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\.aplzod

  54. Karen

    Sorry, my screen wouldn't show the "post comment" with too much information in there.

    If there is any other info you need, please let me know.
    I do use separate profiles for each of the email types (business & personal).

    Thank you in advance,


  55. fffffffcccccc

    Thank you for your information.
    This is very useful for me!!!!!

  56. Gurdeep

    Worked for me, Thanks a lot. The Outlook 2010 help was no good.

  57. Mor

    Thank you very much.

    One thing i can't understend.
    If i have a 10GB (backup) PST file of an IMAP accunt, there is no way i can direct Outlook (2013 in my case) to take this? When i reinstall outlook it will sync completly from the server?
    Is there any way i can save the time and data?

  58. Andrew

    Diane, thanks for your excellent comments on this subject. I think they don't help me with my problem, unfortunately. I was running Outlook 2007 on an old computer. I use an IMAP account. I bought a new Win 8.1 computer, and have just installed Outlook 2010 Pro Plus on it. Outlook set up its own data file when it was opening itself up, which I didn't want to use. Using File/Open, I opened my old pst file copied across from my old computer, and then shut down the data file that Outlook 2010 created. Now I have in my Folder pane the data file that I brought across from the old computer, with all its subfolders in it, but it has no email account associated with it (under Account Settings, my data file is shown under the Data files tab, but under the Email tab there is nothing). How do I set up an email account associated with that data file? I tried to set up a new email account by going to File/Add account, but it made its own data file which was not associated with the data file I have been using for 3 yrs, and which I want to go on using. I'd really appreciate your help, thanks. In summary, I want to set up an email account which is linked to the data file already showing in my Folder pane. Andrew

  59. Andrew

    Thanks, Diane. This is a big disappointment. I'm now moving to Gmail and leaving Outlook behind. I guess you don't know of a method to move all old email within Outlook into the Gmail account? All the methods I've read about on the web don't work. That may be because my Outlook has been running an IMAP account through SecureNym. Any suggestions, please? I easily moved my Outlook Contacts and Calendar to Gmail. With thanks, Andrew.

  60. Andrew

    Thanks, Diane, for taking the time to help me. I did set up Gmail as an IMAP account in Outlook, and it is sitting there in my Folder pane. When I try to drag folders from my main Outlook work file into it, I get an error message saying "Your IMAP Server wants to alert you to the following: 833 (Failure). When I then hit the OK button on that window, it brings up another window called "Internet E-mail -". In that window are the following lines: Enter your user name and password for the following server. Server: User: Password: this is filled in already, but if refill it with my Gmail pw, check Remember Password and hit OK, it goes back to the window "Your IMAP server wants..." I was very careful in setting up my Gmail account as an IMAP account in Outlook. Would appreciate your thoughts, thanks. Andrew

  61. Frex

    Excellent! MSsupport doesn't specify that ForceOSTPath doesn't work for OST files, =/ Instead ForcePSTPath does the work. Thank you for this valuable key. =)

  62. Steve

    Okay, I moved the *.pst files to my drive D (not for a backup reason but just simple space management, one of my Gmail associated pst file is 12 GB!) After the relocation, the receiving of emails is fine but sending is not working at all. I couldn't understand why it is so complicated, what is the reason that Outlook 2010 requires that the pst files MUST be located on the system partition?

  63. Steve

    Still not working. When I set up the email account and relocate the PST file to drive D, and click to test account settings, the sending is successful. When I try to write an email and clicking the send button, it says that send/receive error, 0x8004010F, Outlook data file cannot found... but I previously set in the Control panel/Mail where the new location of the PST file is... I am (trying to) using Outlook 2010. I am able to receive my mails, but cannot send any. What do you mean under correct folder? I can choose a subfolder in the IMAP folder tree, but that's all...

  64. A MacR

    Hi, I just solved this problem for myself in Outlook 2013.
    File - Account Settings - E-mail tab
    At the bottom of the window there is a button "Change Folder" to specify where new messages are delivered. The location was blank after I moved my PST file. I selected the inbox (I actually had to add a 'wrong' location to get it to populate, and then switch it back to the inbox) and my mail would send.

    hope this helps.

  65. jane

    Diane, it says windows 7 and Outlook 2007, not 2010. Does that make a difference?

  66. asdasdffasd

    great, thanks.

  67. Isaac Gonzalez

    doesn't seem to work in outlook 2007 even after removing and recreating account...I'm not hosing my profile, just deleting and recreating my imap account...other new pst files do get created in the new folder btw, so I know my regkey is correct. OUtlook still is putting imap pst file on c drive default path...

  68. José Oliveira

    Hi. Thanks for sharing your work.
    My interest was to use the same imap file in two computers (desktop and laptop). You said that one cannot reuse the same imap file, since it's specific to the profile thast created it. But...
    1. What if the profile has the same name and user in both computers?
    2. If ForcePSTPath doesn't work for that purpose, does using a symbolic link on both computers for the same folder do the trick?

  69. Troy

    really helpful for me. That what i looking for. Thanks for sharing that.

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