Conversion of NSF to PST format becomes necessity if you’re migrating from Lotus Notes and Outlook. Though both are popular email client applications, but use different file formats to store mailbox data, i.e. NSF in Lotus Notes and PST in Outlook. You can’t export your emails from Lotus Notes to Outlook directly without converting NSF to PST format. Luckily, there’s a manual trick to export Lotus notes email to Outlook.
Lotus Notes (now known as IBM Notes), developed by IBM, is an application suite just like Microsoft Office suite. It contains many components, such as: e-mail, calendar and schedule, address book, database, web server and programming. Being an email application, Lotus Notes is very popular among users. Lotus Notes uses database files which are saved in the Notes Storage Facility (NSF) format. In this type of format, data are stored in document units called notes.
Notes are used to store the collaborative business information, such as: emails and calendar data.
Sometimes you may require to access your NSF files’ data in Windows Outlook, but this is quite challenging task for users as both these programs (Lotus Notes and Outlook) support different file formats. Lotus Notes understands NSF (Notes Storage Facility) format while Outlook does not understand such format. PST or personal storage table aka PST is an Outlook data file used by Microsoft Outlook. So, if you want to access your NSF files’ data in Microsoft Outlook, you need to convert them into PST format. But now a question arises here:
How to convert NSF to PST format?
Luckily, there is a manual technique for such conversion, which is divided into two parts: Export Lotus Notes NSF files’ data; and Import the exported data to MS Outlook.
Export Lotus Notes Data
In the first part of this process, you need to export Lotus notes email. See below how to do that:
Step 4: On the Export wizard, select a location for the new file. Click Save as type and select either Comma Separated Value or Structured Text.
Type a name for this file, and then click Export button.
Import Data to Microsoft Outlook
The first part of this process, i.e. export Lotus notes email, has been completed successfully. Now you need to perform the importation of the exported data in MS Outlook, which is the second part of this process. To do this, you need to follow the steps shown below:
Step 7: It’ll take a couple of minutes to complete the process. Finally click Finish.
Now you can easily access the NSF files’ data in MS Outlook.
Before using or performing any manual technique to import or export data between two different applications, make sure you take backup of your original files. Sometime manual tricks may harm your original files or data. Having a backup copy of the file will avoid such problems.
Professional Solution for NSF to PST Conversion
If the manual trick fails or doesn’t work, you can switch to a third-party professional solution. As compared to the manual trick, a professional tool takes very less time and performs conversion within a few mouse clicks. Get smart NSF to PST Converter tool of SysInfoTools Software that will convert your NSF database files into Outlook PST format. The software can successfully export the entire mailbox data of NSF database which include email messages, contacts, calendar, to-do lists, notes, journals, etc. Users can download its free demo version for evaluation purpose. Demo version of the tool allows users to save first 25 email items of each mailbox folder of selected NSF database files.
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