Snagging a new PC this Holiday Season? Backup Your Email First!!

The holiday season is here! Along with that comes Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Your excitemeHoliday Seasonnt builds as you unwrap your new laptop, tablet, desktop etc from the retail “computer-fest”. You scored a great deal that you never imagined was possible and now you’re set to see your new killer HD computer snap to life. But – hold your horses!

Before you wipe your hard drive and/or just setup a new computer that will access your emails via Outlook, make sure to take these steps to backup your emails so you can rest easy in case there are any issues with your setup.

When you open Outlook for the first time on your new computer expecting your IMAP account to resync all of your emails, BUYERS BEWARE – there could be issues. Follow these easy steps to store and then reinstate all of your emails.

Happy Holidays! And have a safe, and secure web-enabled 2015.

Backing up Your Email with Outlook

To prevent data loss, we recommend backing up your email. You can easily and routinely back up your data by exporting your PST file.

The PST file stores your email messages, attachments, folder structure, contacts, calendar items, and more. A backed up PST file is easy to import in the event of any data loss.

To Back Up Your Emails to a New PST File

  1. Launch Outlook®.
  2. Click File, and then select Import and Export.
  3. Click Export to a file, and then click Next.
  4. Click Personal Folder File (.pst) or Outlook Data File (.pst), and then click Next.
  5. Click the top folder, select Include subfolders, and then click Next.
  6. Type or browse to the folder where you want to save the new file, and name the file.
  7. Click Finish.

To Import a Backed Up PST File

  1. Launch Outlook.
  2. Click File, and then select Import and Export.
  3. Click Import from another program or file, and then click Next.
  4. Click Personal Folder File (.pst), and then click Next.
  5. Browse to the folder that contains the backup and select it.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Click the top folder, select Include subfolders, and then click Finish.

NOTE: As a courtesy, we provide information about how to use certain third-party products, but we do not endorse or directly support third-party products and we are not responsible for the functions or reliability of such products. Outlook® and Outlook® Express are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All rights reserved.