How to Convert PST to OST Files?

PST file data is a gateway to access email files when you are not using an exchange server or if you are in a non-exchange server environment. Usually, people search for OST to PST converter if they want to fix their email data, exchange server profile or any other generic case. But in some cases, you may want to transfer your local stored data to the exchange server so you might need to convert PST file to OST. So, let’s get to know how to convert PST to OST.

Few reasonings as to why PST to OST conversion is done:

  • To make your Outlook clutter-free you might move you’re not so important email files or excessive emails to another outlook account. This leads to improper synchronizing on the exchange server.
  • Upgrading to a newer version of Outlook server but you still have a lot of users who use a PST file. How to convert PST to OST file without losing the email data?
  • If you have an orphaned PST file and want its data in exchange server then migrating of PST file to the server is needed.
  • Upgraded from Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2013 and while configuring the exchange server, you might have tried to migrate PST files to the server. Somehow, you might have ended with corrupted PST files that became inaccessible. Now, how to convert PST to OST files so that I can get back my inaccessible PST data

Note: Regarding the last reasoning, if you want to repair or fix your PST files which got corrupted or inaccessible during this process, you can do it effectively and quickly without migrating PST files to the server. Want to know how?

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Now let us get back to the fact of learning how to convert PST to OST files in all the versions of Outlook.

How to Convert PST to OST files in Outlook 2003 & 2007:

Step 1: Open Outlook 2003 or 2007 and click on “File” that is on the top-left corner

Step 2: Select “Import and Export” and wait for the wizard to start

click on the Outlook file option to convert PST to OST

Step 3: Select “Import from another program or file” and click on “Next”

Import and Export Wizard tool picture

Step 4: Select “Personal Folder File (.pst)” from the “Import a File” tab and click on “Next”

Outlook PST to OST converting process

Step 5: Browse for your PST file, open it and click on “Next”

import your PST file on this tab

Step 6: Select the folders you want to import from the PST file in “Select the folder to import from” tab and click on “Finish”

picture of uploading PST files to the exchange server

Step 7: Now you can see the PST files in the left side navigation panel

Step 8: Click on the left panel and create a new folder

Step 9: At last, drag emails from the recently transferred PST folder and drop it in the recently created new folder.

Step 10: This migrates PST files to the server and converts them to OST file

How to Convert PST to OST files in Outlook 2010:

Step 1: Open Outlook 2010 and click on “File” then “Open” and then “Import”

picture of Outlook 2010 and selecting "open" to start the PST to OST converting process

Step 2: From the “Import and Export Wizard” tab, select “Import from another program or file” and click on “Next”

picture of Import and Export Wizard of Outlook 2010 to convert PST to OST

Step 3: Select “Outlook Data File (.pst)” from the “Import a File” tab and click on “Next”

picture of selecting your Outlook data file (.pst) from the wizard

Step 4: Browse and select the PST files which you want to transfer and click on “Next”

picture of selecting the PST file to export it to the exchange server

Step 5: Select the folder which you want to import and click on “Finish”

picture of selecting the desired folders that you want to get uploaded in the exchange server

Step 6: Right-Click on the left panel and select “New Folder” option and provide a name for the folder

Step 7: Drag and drop your imported PST files to the newly created OST folder. This migrates PST files to the server

How to Convert PST to OST files in Outlook 2013, 2016 & 2019:

Step 1: Open Outlook 2013, 2016 or 2019 and click on “File” then “Open & Export” and then “Import/Export”

picture of Outlook to open and export PST files to the exchange server

Step 2: From the “Import and Export Wizard” tab, select “Import from another program or file” and click on “Next”

picture of the import and export wizard to select the PST file

Step 3: Select “Outlook Data File (.pst)” from the “Import a File” tab and click on “Next”

picture of selecting Outlook data file (,pst)

Step 4: Browse the .pst file from the “Import Outlook Data File” tab and click on “Next”

picture of browsing and selecting the .pst file

Step 5: Select the folders which you want to transfer and click on “Finish”

picture of once you have converted PST to OST files click finish

Step 6: Imported files will be displayed on the left-side panel. Right-Click on the panel and click on “New Folder”.

Step 7: Drag and drop your desired emails from the imported PST folder to the newly created OST folder. This will automatically migrate PST files to the server and convert them as OST files.

With these given steps, users can import PST files to the exchange server and organize the email client with its attributes. However, if you are looking for a way to move your PST files to a higher version of Outlook but worried about losing email attributes, then Yodot Move Outlook PST software is the apt tool that can effectively migrate PST data without losing the email’s attributes and safely backup Outlook settings, notes, etc.