I know it's a bit late to be helpful now, but might help in the future. My life has been transformed (I've reinstalled XP too many times...) since making my default save location for everything an external USB drive - including my Outlook .pst file (and backing that up to another external drive, which I regularly back up to a drive that isn't attached to the PC..). If I could only work out how to get Chrome to store cookies and bookmarks on the same drive, my life would be complete... (I know: I need to get out more...)
wee eddie It has occurred to me that this problem might be being caused by the password I had on my user a/c on my old machine.
Since reading your last post I have managed to render Outlook inoperable. It's alright now but I am wondering what will happen if I manage to get the .pst file in there through the import process and then it refuses to open again because, as it said, I 'do not have the permission'.
It is looking increasingly likely that I am going to have to take it out and temporarily re-instate my old machine.
One thing confusing me, though, is that there is already a .pst file in place even though the Address book is blank. The one from my old machine is much smaller than the new one.
Outlook automatically creates a pst file which contains all of the data (emails, contacts (the address book uses outlook's contacts), calendar, etc. Hence the reason for the existing pst file.
The error message you have received relates to the file being read only see Ms Support article. Try copying the file from the old hard drive to a different location and making sure that it is fully accessible. However I think that your problem does relate to password control and you need to take control of the hard drive. I'm trying to remember how to do it.