Outlook 2000 pst file to Outlook 2013 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I want to move all of my emails (with attachments) within Outlook 2000, export them as a .pst file(s), create a folder(s) in Outlook 2013, and then import the files into the folder(s).

    Will I have any issues with this, or should I export and import the files as .csv or another format?


    Sunday, May 25, 2014 9:06 PM


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  • Thanks for the answer, Clark. I had mistakenly heard that 2013 had dropped the .pst support.

    Just out of curiosity, though...will exporting and importing outlook folder contents be more or less efficient (I have other email programs that do not deal with .pst, as (I think) that format is exclusive to Outlook?
    Monday, May 26, 2014 11:49 AM
  • Hi,

    The PST file is a personal storage folder for Outlook. It is an Outlook Data File which is usually used for POP3 and IMAP email accounts in Outlook. For more information about PST file, please refer to:

    How to manage .pst files in Microsoft Outlook


    Create an Outlook Data File (.pst) to save your information




    Winnie Liang
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014 2:32 AM
  • While the Outlook '2000 PST file can be opened in O'2013 going to strongly suggest you do the following to minimize potential problems.

    Run ScanPST on the PST files you are going to copy to O'2013 to eliminate any potential problems that may exist in the file. For Outlook '2000, you should find the ScanPST program in the following location

    C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI\<locale ID>\NT\scanpst.exe

    Once that's done and you have migrated to Outlook '2013 using this PST file (which means configuring your email accounts), the first thing that you should do is "export" the entire PST file to another PST file. Outlook '2000 PST files are ANSI format files. The PST file created via the export will result in a current format UNICODE file. Start the PST2PST export from the <root> of the original PST file and ensure that you have the "Include SubFolders" checked.

    After you have completed the export, close Outlook, open the Control Panel <Mail> and then

    #1 - Add the newly exported PST file in the Data Files tab
    #2 - From the E-mail tab - change the destination inbox for each configured POP account to point to the Inbox located in the PST file you just added in #1
    #3 - Back to the Data Files tab and remove the original PST file from the profile

    Close the Mail app - Open Outlook and you should be good to go

    Karl Timmermans [Outlook MVP] "Outlook Contact Import/Export/Data Mgmt" http://www.contactgenie.com

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014 4:52 AM
  • Hi

    In MS Outlook 2000 PST file format is ANSI and in Outlook 2013 PST file format is Unicode. If you want import PST file from outlook 2000 to 2013 then you have need to convert your PST file from ANSI to Unicode version and after that you will easily import your PST data in Outlook 2013 without any difficulty. For more information about How to Convert ANSI to Unicode PST file format Click here:-http://www.pstupgrade.com

    Thanks & Regards

    Albert Paul

    • Proposed as answer by Andy0404 Wednesday, June 4, 2014 7:35 AM
    Wednesday, June 4, 2014 5:51 AM