Since you are using Win XP, but you don't say what version of Outlook,
you are using, one of these three references should guide
you through the process of backing up your important information,
and recovery of it also should that become necessary.General Outlook Backup TutorialHow to back up and recover Outlook Express dataHow to back up, to restore, or to move Outlook 2002 data in Outlook 2002
You may want to use the automatic back up utility explained
in the third link in the section titled:
"How to Automate the Back Up of Personal Folders (.pst) Files with the Personal Folder Backup Utility"
I have this auto-run utility working for me and find it quite handy.
The only easy day was yesterday.
...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)