How to properly backup email that is configured as IMAP? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have setup my email account as IMAP in Outlook (2013).  What is the proper way to backup my emails locally?  If I save a copy of my OST file, and all of my emails are suddenly deleted from my server (and in-turn, Outlook), will I be able to restore my folder structure and emails from the saved OST file?

    If this is not the correct process, what is?  Would I have to export my email as a PST?  

    Thanks in advance.

    • Edited by cagross99 Sunday, February 12, 2017 1:05 PM
    Thursday, February 9, 2017 4:55 PM


  • Thank you for the update.

    When exporting, make sure you select the top level folder of your mailbox (which should display as your email address) and enable the "Include subfolders" option in the Export Outlook Data File wizard.

    This should export all your folders and folder structure together. You can open the exported PST file in your Outlook to verify this. To open the PST file, go to File > Open & Export, click Open Outlook Data File.

    Hope this helps.


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    Friday, February 10, 2017 7:42 AM

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