To translate OST format into PST is not supported by any internal and official feature of Outlook client, to which these files relate to. Both are variants of Storage table files and both serve almost the same function, that is, to store email data. Despite that, they can be vastly different and to convert one to another is complicated.
Convert OST format into PST
OST Extractor Pro is a tool that makes it uncomplicated and allows everyone to convert OST format into PST without requiring any convoluted technical tactics.
First, we would suggest downloading the free trial version, so you can follow the tutorial right along. It is a small-sized app that has negligible effects on computer resources. You an install it in a few minutes and start it up without any risk.
If you have done it so, then follow along with the steps outlined below (and have your OST files ready). It comes in both Windows and Mac edition, but the tutorial is almost the same.
How to convert OST format into PST?
If you have installed ‘OST Extractor Pro’, then follow along with the steps outlined below (and have your OST files ready). It comes in both Windows and Mac edition, but the tutorial is almost the same.
Total Time: 15 minutes
Add OST to ‘OST Extractor Pro’
Click on ‘Open OST file’ (‘Add OST’ for Mac version)
Browse and locate your OST file
Go to where the OST files are stored and select them.
Uncheck any folder that do not need to be converted. By default, all the folders inside the selected OST files will be “checked” for conversion. You can see the entire hierarchy with all the parent and child folders/sub-folders clearly. This hierarchy is retained and you get the same structure in PST.
Select the output format
The tool can also convert the file to Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Postbox, MBOX, PST, and EML. In this case, select “Outlook PST file” as the output format.
Click on ‘Export’
Click ‘Export’ to begin conversion to PST. (Click ‘Start’ for Mac version). If this is a trial version, you will get a notification about that. Just click ‘Ok’ to proceed.
Choose a folder to save the output file
Pick the desired folder where the tool will save converted PST files.
Converting the OST format
You can see the progress bar during conversion (with an option to ‘Cancel’ if you do need to cancel for some reason)
After it is finished, you can move the PST files to the Outlook client that you need to import the data into. PST format is useable in both Mac Outlook and Windows’ Outlook.
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about ‘OST Extractor Pro’ regarding conversion of OST format into PST:
Does it convert non-English text?
Yes, the tool has full support for all the languages under Unicode, which also includes special characters.
Can I convert multiple OST files?
Yes, batch conversion is supported.
How long does it take to convert OST format into PST?
OST Extractor Pro is the fastest converter in this category and can convert 1 GB file in less than 10 minutes, generally. But speed also depends on the specifications of the machine you are using the application on.
Does it support OST files from all Outlook versions?
Yes. OST file is only associated with Windows Outlook. You can use OST file from Windows Outlook from all the versions – legacy and latest.
Does it retain the formatting of emails?
Precise algorithms of the tool maintain all finer details and components stored in OST files, including the text-format of the email messages. The tool doesn’t skip over any data item and converts everything with 100% accuracy.
What’s included in the free version?
The OST to PST converter free version includes all the features that are in full version, but it only converts ten emails per folder per OST file. It is also not limited by time, so you can check it out for as long as you need.