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Recovering data from an Outlook PST file may not be possible. A complete backup would have saved an intact file for you.
I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate, Firefox 14, Microsoft Office Pro 2010. I mistakenly deleted my complete email contact list in Outlook. I've searched and searched and also your FAQs. I just thought I'd ask. Is there a way for me to get them back?
In this excerpt from Answercast #49, I look at the problems involved in retrieving lost data from an Outlook PST file if that file was not backed up.
Unfortunately, my answer here is, "Probably not."
I will point out that this is the exact kind of a case that backing up regularly would take care of.
If you were backing up your Outlook PST file (which is where all of this information is kept);
On any kind of a regular basis;
You could recover all of your contacts from the backup PST file from your backup copies.
In lieu of a backup, I really don't have a solution for you to recover the data from the PST.
The data in a PST is kind-of like it's own little file system. It tends to be fairly complex.
There are third-party utilities out there (that tend to be fairly expensive) that might be able to help, but I don't have one that I would recommend to you offhand.
The best thing I can offer is:
As you rebuild your contact list;
In the future, make sure you are also (at the same time) setting up some kind of a regular backup;
That will prevent (or at least allow you to recover from) a problem like this, should it happen again in the future.
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