Recover and Repair Corrupted or Damaged PST File in Microsoft Outlook

by Rohit Khurana on August 19, 2011


Microsoft Office Outlook is definitely one of the most commonly used tools for accessing your e-mail account. Once configured, it will allow the user to read, compose and to save mails along with many features and functionalities. Although, this smart and useful tool is quite stable but we cannot say that it is perfect. This is because; if the PST file linked with the Outlook becomes corrupt then you need to repair it for using the Outlook. Here, we have mentioned about PST which basically stands for Personal Storage Table and it is used by the Outlook to store all your Inbox data, along with all other information. If it becomes corrupt, then your Inbox will also get corrupted and you can’t access any of your mails.

Now, the question arises how to find that PST file is corrupted? For this, if you find an issue where your Outlook 2010 is crashing, then first of all you could try running it in Safe Mode and determine what is causing the problem. If you are able to find the problem then it is fine, but if you can’t find a problem, then there is a high probability that it could be due to corrupt PST file and you need to fix it. So, now the next and the most important question is how do we fix it? For this, we present you a tool and the complete method which can be used to fix this problem.



Although there are many tools which are available to repair PST files, but we advise you to use a pretty simple and small tool which is Inbox Repair Tool and it has been build in Office 2010. The Inbox Repair tool which can also be seen as Scanpst.exe, and as mentioned above it is basically designed to help repair problems that are associated with personal folder (.pst) files. This tool is already present in your system if you are using the Microsoft Office 2010 and it is located in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14 folder and can be found easily. To locate the folder and the file in it, one may simply search for a file named Scanpst.exe inside the above mentioned folder and simply need to double click in order to run it.

After clicking it, you may observe that a new small window will be opened and in this repair tool, it will ask you to select the Outlook PST file for which repair is needed and then you need to quit the Outlook before you start the repair with this tool. After this, you may see that the tool will scan your PST files for any issues and lists them out, if there are any.

Once all the issues are listed, you can then perform a repair for those PST files. As a secured way, this tool allows you to take a complete backup for all the PST files which are being repaired and that too before performing the repair over them. After repairing, the tool can recover various personal folders in PST files such as Calendar, Contacts, Deleted Items, Inbox, Journal, Notes, Outbox, Sent Items and Tasks.

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