I tried to open my Outlook 2007 today and I got an error stating "C:\Users\Tim\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.pst cannot be found", so I am unable to open Outlook at all. I have looked everywhere for the file and can't find it, and sadly I haven't backed this up since I moved to this computer over 2 years ago. In folder options, I checked "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" and I unchecked "Hide protected operating system files", then I tried Windows search pane and even installed 'Search Everything' and was unable to find anything when searching for *.pst or .pst. I did a search for .bak and the only file I could find associated with Office is OPA12.bak located at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\OFFICE\DATA. I located SCANPST.EXE at C:\ProgramFiles(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12 and tried to run it, but of course it couldn't find the .pst file either. I went to Control Panel > Mail (32 bit) and selected 'Data Files' , and it looks like the file was in the default location where I was looking, but again, I have searched the entire computer for anything ending with .pst
I don't use Outlook for my email, but I keep all of my contacts there and have added quite a few since I moved to this PC, so I would like to find this.
I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and Microsoft Office 2007. Any ideas as to what I can do now?