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Know-How to Export Outlook Contacts to Thumb Drive in a Seamless Way

Published By Kumar Raj
Aswin Vijayan
Approved By Aswin Vijayan
Published On January 22nd, 2024
Reading Time 5 Minutes Reading

Summary: Are you looking for a solution to transfer Outlook contacts to the thumb drive or flash drive? Or searching for a method to take backup of the Outlook contacts in pen drive? So, readers, you are landed at the right place. Here we will discuss step-by-step instructions to let’s users understand how to export Outlook Contacts to thumb drive.

Many times it happens when the user wants to migrate its Outlook contacts to another system. So, moving the data from one system to another one requires some medium. One of the best media is Thumb Drive or USB flash drive. It is a type of secondary storage that comprises flash memory with an associated USB interface.

It easily connects to the computer and save the data in its flash memory and transfer the save data to another device. Therefore, in this write-up, we will discuss the manual procedure along with the safer solution. These solutions will help the users to export contacts of MS Outlook 2010/2007/2016 into thumb drive in an efficient way.

Helpful Tip: Users can also move Outlook contacts to vCard using vCard Exporter Tool. The software also has the functionality to convert PST contacts to CSV and WAB.

Needs to Export Outlook Contacts to Thumb Drive

There are multiple reasons by which people create MS Outlook contacts backup on the thumb drive. Some of the major ones are described below:

  • USB flash drive provides more storage capacity in the small space and it is light in weight.
  • Data stored in the flash drive impervious to magnetic fields, scratches, and dust. These properties of USB drive makes them suitable for transferring data from one device to another device.
  • Flash drive is very much portable that it comes into your small pocket.
  • It does not require any external power to operate and has no moving parts. Hence, data stored on flash drive is more secure.

Now let’s have a look at a user query that will provide the user a brief understanding of the situation.
“Hi, I am running MS Outlook 2013 desktop email application. And, I realize that my hard drive has some issue, it may get corrupted very frequently. So, I need to export contacts from Outlook to thumb drive. But I do not know the method how to transfer Outlook data into the flash drive. Is any of my technical friend know any reliable solutions? Please let me know. Thanks in advance!”

Nowadays this type of problem is very common among the users. So, after considering the problem, we provide the direct solution as well as an expert solution.

Manual Way of Exporting Outlook Contacts to Flash Drive

Here, one of the suitable direct method is discussed that migrates the Outlook address book to thumb drive in a proficient manner. In order to save data in the USB flash drive follow the mentioned steps:

1. Plug-in the Flash Drive or Pen Drive to your local system.
2. Launch the Microsoft Outlook and open your Profile.
3. Click on the File tab. A pop-out menu will appear on the screen.
4. Click on Open & Export option and then select the Import/Export.
5. The Import and Export Wizard dialog box will open, choose Export to a File option. After that, click on Next button.
6. Now, choose Outlook Data File under the Create a file of type option. Then, click on Browse option for exporting Outlook contacts into Thumb Drive.
7. Select the contact folder that you want to save and again, click on Browse option to continue the process.
8. Select the My Computer option and select the Flash drive that you already plug-in to the system.
9. After that, provide a name to the file and click on OK and then Next button.
10. At last, click on Finish button. Now your Outlook contacts copied into the flash drive.

Limitation of Manual Method

The above-stated method to export Outlook contacts to Thumb Drive does not require any other software except the Outlook application. But, it has couple of limitations that are listed below:

  1. It takes huge time while transferring a large amount of Outlook contacts.
  2. The data exported from MS Outlook through the thumb drive will only be used in Outlook profile only. Apart from this, no other application can access the Outlook contacts.

Due to its limitation, we are recommended the third-party tool to the users.

A Safer Solution for Exporting Outlook Contacts to Thumb Drive

If a user wants to move their Outlook address book to other devices such as Android or Google account. Then a user can go for the third party tool i.e. vCard Export Tool. The tool is designed to transfer Outlook contacts to vCard or CSV format. These formats are also supported by many applications such as Gmail, Yahoo. Apart from this, these tool posses many highlighted features. Some of them are listed below:

  • Move contacts from the default MS Outlook address book
  • Convert Microsoft Outlook contacts to vCard, WAB, or CSV
  • Transfer multiple Outlook contacts files to another device
  • Exports MS Outlook contacts along with associated attributes

Final Words

In this write-up, we are trying to resolve the user problem when they try to export Outlook contacts to thumb drive. In addition, the manual method along with the automated solution covers here. If a user does not wants to waste its time in the export process. Then, we are suggesting the professional vCard Export tool that converts the Outlook contacts to thumb drive in an efficient manner.