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Old Nov 4th, 2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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how to import/convert .pst file for Mail?

I am trying to retrieve all of my old emails. The file on the server is a .pst file which the IT instructed me I need to import. I've googled and found that Mail is unable to import this file, and I found a couple of applications that will convert this file into an mbox file.

IT insist Mail is able to import .pst file, is there a way to do this that I am just not finding?

I was also wondering if I will be able to import this file if I was running snow leopard?

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Old Nov 4th, 2009, 12:39 PM   #2
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I am trying to retrieve all of my old emails. The file on the server is a .pst file which the IT instructed me I need to import. I've googled and found that Mail is unable to import this file, and I found a couple of applications that will convert this file into an mbox file.

IT insist Mail is able to import .pst file, is there a way to do this that I am just not finding?

I was also wondering if I will be able to import this file if I was running snow leopard?

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I don't remember but you may have to install MS Entourage first, import PST to Entourage, and then import Entourage to Mail.

Here's some reading
Convert Mail from Windows to Mac
MacDailyNews - The best way to transfer Windows Outlook folders to Mac OS X
transfer from outlook to mac mail - Mac Support
Mac OS X Mail: How to import email from a non-Macintosh computer

If it it not many (hundreds, as opposed to 10's of thousands) it may be easier to forward the mails to yourself through Outlook on a PC.
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^ thanks for the clarification.

I emailed and informed the IT. I just want to be certain that it cannot be done directly because he insist it's possible, but then again, he's a PC IT, not Mac.

I have over 1000 emails and they were never set up on a PC, but through Mail until all of our server went down and changes were made, and I never got my old emails anymore.
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I don't remember but you may have to install MS Entourage first, import PST to Entourage, and then import Entourage to Mail.
IT guy is correct.

The process described above used to be what you had to do. But if you are running Snow Leopard on your Mac, you can connect directly to the Exchange server (must be Exchange 2007, I think). See here for some additional description:
Apple - Mac OS X Snow Leopard - Exchange support out of the box
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Mac OS X v10.6: Using Microsoft Exchange 2007 (EWS) accounts in Mail
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IT guy is correct.

The process described above used to be what you had to do. But if you are running Snow Leopard on your Mac, you can connect directly to the Exchange server (must be Exchange 2007, I think). See here for some additional description:
Apple - Mac OS X Snow Leopard - Exchange support out of the box
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If you can connect to a mail server with the mail on it (as opposed to importing a .pst file) then it becomes much simpler.
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^ work computer is running on leopard only though, will this work?
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Mail.app will not import a .pst file. If the mail is still on the available on the server it will be easier to just connect Mail.app to the server to get the mail. So the IT guy is technically wrong, mail programs on a Mac will not touch a .pst file.

The method I've always used in the past is on a PC you can use Thunderbird to import the .pst (as Outlook needs to be installed so that Thunderbird can actually request the data by using Outlook to read the file). Thunderbird uses standard .mbox files that Mail.app will be happy to import.
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Also, any contacts or calendar information stored in a pst won't be migrated. Only emails.
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If you have access to an IMAP mail server, you can push the messages up to it with Outlook then download them back down with Apple Mail.
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