Backup MS Outlook PST on Windows 7

“There were plenty of attributes like emails, tasks, contacts, etc. in MS Outlook PST file. Recently I found a minor mishap with PST file and later Outlook froze and terminated by itself. Somehow I resolved the things and now Outlook works fine. Now I need to secure data from my Outlook Profile regularly. Is there any easy way to create backup of Outlook PST file at regular interval of time on Windows 7 system? If yes, then please let me know one.”

PST is a file where Outlook saves all emails, calendar events, contacts, tasks and other items of a mailbox. When user setup an account in Outlook it will create a PST file associated with that particular account. By default, Windows 7 Outlook PST file is situated at C:\User\Username\AppData\Local\MicrosoftOutlook. User can keep backup of Outlook PST file to avoid unexpected data loss.

Few scenarios that turns PST file vulnerable and hence data loss are listed below:

  • Frequent termination of Outlook before finishing current task could lead to corruption of PST file
  • Sharing PST file on network drive or following improper method to reconfigure Outlook will damage PST file on Windows 7 desktop
  • While migrating Outlook from one version to other, there is chance of damaging PST when file is not imported or exported correctly
  • Suspicious virus infecting Windows 7 drive can sometimes infect Outlook PST file
  • OS errors, malfunctioning of Outlook due to wrong Windows OS updates, etc. can become major cause for PST corruption

To avoid these instances, it is mandatory to maintain proper backup of Outlook Profile. Have you ever tried to backup PST file on your own and failed to do so on Windows 7 system? No need to panic, this page will clearly explain you an easy process to backup Microsoft Outlook PST file.

Software to backup Outlook PST file on Windows 7:

Yodot Backup Outlook PST utility can effectively take backup of Outlook PST file on Windows 7 system. It has ability to automatically backup PST file at given date and time. Using this tool, user can backup emails, contacts, calendars, tasks, rules, alerts, address book, Profile settings, etc. individually. Addition to backup, it has other options like Restore and migrate to move Outlook Profiles between two desktops or two versions of MS Outlook application. It can backup PST file from several versions of MS Outlook like 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013. The software is compatible to backup Outlook PST file on Windows computer running with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 operating systems.

Procedure to backup Outlook PST file on Windows 7:

  • Download Yodot Backup Outlook PST program on Windows 7 computer and install it
  • After launching the tool, wait for main screen to show three options – ‘Backup’, ‘Restore’ and ‘Migrate’
  • Click on ‘Backup’ option and next window comes up with two sub options called 'Smart Backup' and 'Advance Backup'
  • Choose ‘Smart Backup’ option to backup entire PST data along with Profile settings otherwise select ‘Advance Backup’ option and choose required items that should be considered for backup
  • Mention destination location to save this backup file and finish the process

Safety Measures:

  • It is important to preserve backup of entire Outlook PST file regularly
  • Do not erase PST file attributes using Shift Delete option