July 18, 2014

Move Outlook IMAP PST cache file

Posted in Mail at 8:48 pm by Administrator

Unfortunately, if you want to separate your OS from your Data partitions or drive, you will want to move the location of the IMAP pst created by default under C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook.

Moving the PST is unfortunately not as straight forward as you would expect (like a browse path or select button), even in version 2010.

To move the PST, close Outlook, and navigate to the Control Panel and select the Mail properties to validate the current path of your IMAP pst file or navigate directly to C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook.

Once you have determined the current location, do NOT close the mail properties (or Account Settings) window and navigate to the location provided. Move the PST to the new location of your choice.

! Do NOT rename the PST !

Return to the mail properties (or Account Properties) window under the Data Files tab. Double click on your IMAP account’s data file and you will receive an error “path not found”. Specify the path of the new location of the PST (moved in step 3). Close all windows and restart Outlook!