How to Extract Attachments, Contacts, Calendars, Email Addresses from OST & PST File


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How to extract attachments, contacts, calendars, & email addresses from OST?

As we all know that OST (Offline Storage Table) is a data storage file used by Microsoft Outlook to store data of Outlook profile offline on the user local system. It holds complete data of Outlook like emails, contacts, calendars, email addresses, attachments, and other details.

Sometime, users need to export or extract data items from Outlook OST file. It can be done easily through Export/Import feature of MS Outlook but to do so, Outlook should be connected to Exchange Server and it should be accessible. But with this blog, we have come here with a paid third-party tool that will help you to extract email address, attachment, contacts, and calendars from OST file even when –

  • OST file is orphaned or corrupted
  • When Outlook is not connected with Exchange Server
  • Outlook becomes inaccessible due to any hardware or software issues

Extract contacts, calendars, email address, and attachments of OST file

Download Softaken Outlook Extractor Tool that is an all-in-one solution to easily extract data from OST file without Outlook and Exchange Server connectivity. Having an easy interface, data extraction from OST is very simple. Let us see which items are extracted by the application and in which formats.

Extract OST contacts to VCF/MSG – Contacts from the file OST to VCF/MSG are exported by the application. A single OST or multiple OST files processing at once to extract all contacts with all details like username, email address, images, mobile number, etc.

Extract OST calendars to ICS/MSG – Transfer of calendars of OST to ICS/MSG is done by the application including all calendar details like scheduled tasks, appointments, meetings, etc. Users can either export calendars of OST to ICS or into MSG format.

Extract OST attachments – Attachments can easily extracted from emails of OST file. Users can easily select OST folders and extract attachments of desired file extensions as per their requirements.

Extract OST email addresses – Email addresses from OST emails are extracted by the software. Users can extract all email address like to, cc, from, subject, etc. or extract desired email addresses.

Multiple OST files can be loaded easily to extract data items from them. This is one of the highlighted features of this application that save manual efforts and precious effort of users.

Steps to extract OST data items – attachments, contacts, calendars, & email addresses

  1. Install the program on your Windows system.
  2. Choose a single OST or multiple OST file by using the Browse button.
  3. Select items to extract – attachments, email address, contacts, or calendars.
  4. Mention output path to save the extracted items.
  5. Hit Process Now button and this starts exporting items from OST file.

How to extract items from OST file using manual solutions?

If you want to go for the manual solution to extract calendars, contacts, email address, and attachments from Outlook OST file, make sure to have MS Outlook installed and connected with Exchange Server.

Process to extract calendars from OST file

  1. Open MS Outlook
  2. Click on File menu
  3. Go to Open > Export & select Import/Export option
  4. Choose Outlook data file
  5. Select Calendars from OST file
  6. Provide destination path as per your choice and hit Finish

Process to export OST email addresses data

  1. Open MS Outlook
  2. Go to File and select Options
  3. Choose Advanced option and hit Export
  4. Select Export to a file option
  5. Choose Outlook data file
  6. Select the email folder. You can include subfolders as well
  7. Hit the Browse button to choose location to save the email addresses.

Process to extract OST contacts to VCF

  1. Open Outlook and go to File menu
  2. Select the desired contacts
  3. Go to File menu and click on Save As
  4. Now, name the file and choose VCF under Save as Type

Process to extract attachments from OST file

Users can open Outlook and can extract attachments from OST emails one by one. Other than that, no method is available to extract attachments of OST email messages.

Shortcoming with manual solutions

There are a few more shortcomings that users may face with the manual solutions –

  1. Contacts from OST file to VCF can be exported one by one. No other manual method is available to extract multiple contacts from OST to vCard format.
  2. Extracting attachments from every OST email manually is really time-consuming and lengthy.
  3. No surety of safety with manual solutions to exactly extract the items from OST file.

Therefore, most of the users prefer to go with the professional tool that offers a few simple clicks to extract calendars, contacts, attachments, and email addresses from OST file. It is convenient to use and offers 100% safe & accurate results. You can check the software with its demo edition.

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