Personal storage table (.PST) files are a vital component of MS Outlook as it stores almost all email items of MS Outlook. But, due to various unfavorable events it often gets corrupt and damaged that further causes inaccessibility and loss of your email data. Large size of .PST files, malicious virus attack, sudden system shutdown, unintentional mailbox deletion etc. are few most common causes of Outlook PST file corruption. In such cases, when you try to access your Outlook mailbox email data, you come across error messages that indicate that your .PST file database has been corrupted or damaged and Outlook is unable to execute your task. In a practical scenario, you get a very common error message as given below –
How to deal with corrupted or damaged Outlook PST files?Image 1: MS Outlook PST file error message
The first tool of PST file recovery that comes in our mind is Inbox repair tool (Scanpst.exe) which is offered by Microsoft as a free utility. Its main task is diagnosing the integrity and consistency of PST file and resetting the data file structure and rebuilding the headers for Outlook PST file items. To use this utility properly, you need to follow some steps as described below –
Steps to run Scanpst.exe utility –
- Exit Outlook if it is running.
- Double-click Scanpst.exe, located at drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12.
- Enter the name of the .PST file in specified place or click Browse to search for the file.
- To specify the scan log options, click Options, and then click the option that you want.
- Click Start.
- If errors are found after the scan is complete, you will be prompted to start the repair process to fix the errors.
- Click Repair.
- Start Outlook by using the profile that contains the .pst file that you tried to repair.
This free utility tries to diagnose PST file issues related to integrity and consistency. But, there is no guarantee that you will get your expected result because this utility is not much capable to repair all severe PST issues and recover your crucial PST data. Thus, it may get fail and your issues may remain still as earlier and you may face a new message that this tool is unable to fix all errors as given below –Image 2: Scanpst.exe tool
So, while using this tool, you must be very careful about your important data and create a backup of existing PST file if it’s possible. This, is because it may lose your data while performing its task.Image 3: Error message
If you are one of them who use this tool and failed to get desired result then you must look for a better and professional alternative tool that can provide you the best possible result. From various PST recovery tools present in the market, you always select a popular, result oriented, and powerful tool. Kernel for Outlook PST Repair is one such tool which is empowered with several advanced features and resolves all possible PST file errors and quickly recovers all inaccessible, lost or deleted email data. You can try it by downloading free trial version and evaluating its real performance, to download visit : http://downloads.softwaredatarecovery.net/download-pst.php