How can I create an archive PST and an active PST out of the same source mail?

When migrating large quantities of email, we would recommend splitting large PST files into 2: 1 for archives and 1 for active mail.

To do this, you will need to run Aid4Mail twice:


First round (archive PST):

1. Select your source file

2. Check "filter source mail"

3. Enter the date limit for your archives:

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4. Select PST as your target format

5. Select storage location and name the file "archive"

6. Make sure "restore source mail structure" is checked

7. Ensure "append mail to target mailbox file" is unchecked


Second round (active mail):

1. Select your source file (the same one you chose in the first round)

2. Check "filter source mail"

3. Enter the date limit for your archives:

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4. Select PST as your target format

5. Select the same storage location and file name as your existing active PST

6.a. If you want the imported mail to be merged with the existing mail in your active PST, delete the content in the field "base folder"

6.b. If you want the imported mail to be stored in a new folder, type a folder name in the field "base folder"

7. Make sure "restore source mail structure" is checked

8. Ensure "append mail to target mailbox file" is checked


Finally, you will need to open the PST files in Outlook. If you appended the active mail PST to the existing PST, you don't need to do anything else, the mail will automatically display in Outlook.

But to open the "archive" PST, please follow the instructions here: How do I display my Aid4Mail created PST files in Office Outlook?


If you experience any issues, please don't hesitate to contact us by raising a ticket.

If you would like to buy an Aid4Mail license, visit the Aid4Mail website.

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