An OST file can’t be directly accessed from anywhere. The OST file should be converted into format to be able to access its data on Outlook or Office 365. Now, we have a scenario in which a user wants to migrate to Office 365 or needs to import OST to Exchange Online account. There isn’t any direct manual method which helps to import OST File into Office 365 account.
We have to use 2 methods to do the same i.e first is to convert OST to and then upload file to Exchange Online mailbox. In the following section, we will explore various ways to successfully perform this transfer.
In order to move OST file to Exchange Online, we need to follow 2 step procedure as mentioned above. So, first let’s see how to convert OST file to Outlook .
There are following few manual solutions to change Outlook data file from OST to :
Solution 1: Export Feature of Microsoft Outlook.
Follow the steps to export files from Exchange OST to Outlook .
Note: For the above free conversion solution, you must be connected to the Microsoft Exchange Server.
Solution 2: Archive Feature of Microsoft Outlook.
It helps to transfer data to mailbox items to Outlook Data File (.). Try the following steps for this conversion:
Note: This solution allows you to move entire OST file data except Outlook Contacts.
Solution 3: Export Outlook items to new
This method migrates mailbox items of Exchange Offline OST file into new .
Note: This method doesn’t allows to drag Inbox, Sent Items, Calendars, Contacts, etc. default folder into a file. So, just copy the folder from Offline OST file to .
After the OST file to conversion, the next step is to move/ save the resultant file into Office 365.
There are three procedures to transfer into Microsoft’s cloud-based collaboration suite. The methods are as follows:
Let’s discuss these methods in detail.
It is a way to move data to OneDrive for Business. First, copy the files to a hard drive (the hard drive should be BitLocker-encrypted) and then physically ship the drive to the Microsoft data center.
In this method, just transfer/ copy Personal Storage Table into Exchange Online by consuming less time.
Follow the given steps for this solution:
Note: Step 1 should be performed only once to be able to transfer PST to Exchange Online mailboxes. Then follow Step 2 through Step 5 every time you wish to transfer bulk/ batch of Outlook Data files.
There are some disadvantages of the manual procedures also. They are as follows:
You can also use a third-party approach to save/ copy OST to Exchange Online. You can convert OST to via a manual method or by using an OST to converter tool.
Also to move to Office 365 mailbox, you can follow the above-mentioned procedures or you can go for a third party tool which can efficiently upload file to Office 365.
After going through the above all solutions, it can be concluded that there is no doubt that the manual methods are free to use but, they are not easy to use as one must have proper technical knowledge while going through the steps to import OST file into Office 365 manually. There is one drawback of manual solutions is that they are they are very time-consuming and can’t be done in a faster way.