Relocate Outlook OST File

How to Relocate Outlook OST File?

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Many times, MS Outlook too can give some technical aberrations that can be harmful to any stored important emails. The main aim behind to change the location of the OST email files is to prevent such sudden data loss and to have uninterrupted access to email.

However, changing the location of the OST files is a risky task due to the fear of corruption of files, malfunctioning of the browse button of Outlook or freezing of the application.

There are two manual methods to change the default location of Outlook OST files:

The priority for this method is that the user must be aware of the default location of the OST files.

The default location for OST files:

  • In Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Vista is
    1. C Drive: \Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook (For MS Outlook 2010 or Above)
  • In Windows XP is
    1. C Drive: \Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Below are the steps required to change the location of the OST file from Outlook:

step- 01

The first step is to close the MS Outlook email client.

step- 02

Go to the control panel by selecting the ‘Windows/Start’ button and then click on ‘Control Panel.’

step- 03

To open the Email Account settings, select the Mail icon in Control Panel.

click on ‘Control Panel.’

Open the Email Account settings

step- 04

Select the Email Accounts tab, select your Exchange Account and go to More Settings.

step- 05

Click the Advanced tab and disable the Use Cached Exchange Mode check box and then click OK.

step- 06

A prompt box will appear, click OK and then select More Settings option.

step- 07

Select the Advanced Tab and click Offline Folder File Settings option.

step- 08

Now select the Disable Offline Use option and select Yes.

step- 09

You again must go to the Offline Folder File Settings option, select the Disable Offline Use option and click Yes.

step- 10

One last time, you need to click the Offline Folder File settings Option, click on the Browse button and then set the location of the OST files. Click OK.

step- 11

Now in the Advanced tab, put a check mark on the Use Cached Exchange Mode, click OK—Next—Finish.

step- 12

Close all the opened dialog boxes and then finally start Outlook

Outlook will from now use the OST files from the new location, and you also have the option to delete the old OST files manually.