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    Friday, 24 August 2012

    Resolve the PST file corruption issues in Outlook 2003 program

    Outlook 2003 is one of the programs bundled in the integrated MS office suite 2003 version. The program embraces several features like enhanced personal folder size, adding signature in email, adding contacts, calendaring and task management. User can easily configure his/her account in outlook 2003 with exchange domain server or workgroup. PST files of an outlook 2003 mailbox can store emails and attachments up to 20 GB size.

    Corruption in outlook 2003 PST files makes the outlook user account inaccessible. There may be several reasons of PST file corruption such as virus attacks, networking problem, physical damage to hard disk and unexpected system shutdown. Inaccessible outlook 2003 mailboxes due to corrupt PST files display several error messages, as given below:
    • Abc.pst could not be accessed. Data error. Cyclic redundancy check File access is denied
    • Cannot expand the folder. There is not enough free memory to run this program xxx.pst is not compatible
    You can easily fix the CRC and compatibility errors of outlook 2003 PST files. When you try to open PST file of your outlook 2003 mailbox with older versions, it will show you the error message “xxx.pst is not compatible”. To troubleshoot the problem, do the following steps
    • Open the outlook 2003 program
    • Click on tools menu and open account settings
    • In the account settings menu, click on data files
    • Click add button and select outlook 97-2002 personal folder.pst
    • Press ok and outlook 2003 program recreates outlook.pst file in ANSI code
    • Close program window
    Now you shall be able to view outlook 2003 PST file in older outlook versions. If PST files of your outlook 2003 mailbox shows CRC errors, it may be probably due to corrupt storage media or software problem. The best way to get rid of CRC errors in outlook 2003 is to make backup of PST files before corruption. You can use the backup file to restore corrupt outlook PST files.

    If your hard disk has developed some bad spots or sectors, you can also schedule a disk scan during the restart of window program. Checkdsk.exe of window program will retrieves data from the bad sectors and saves in new folders of disk. When disk scan is completed and window gets restarted, you can access emails of your outlook 2003 mailbox now.

    You can also use inbuilt PST file repair tool to fix the corruption issues. Scanpst.exe is the free utility that is inbuilt with all outlook versions. It quickly fix PST file corruption errors and stores emails and attachments in the new PST files. However, if all aforesaid methods fail to repair PST file corruption, use of a third party recovery tool is only way in such case.

    Kernel for PST file repair is sophisticated software that quickly retrieves emails, attachments, encrypted messages and contacts from the inaccessible PST files. It quickly resolves the PST file corruption issues that are not solved by the free utility of outlook program. PST file repair supports different versions of MS outlook such as outlook 2000, 97, 98, 2002, 2003, 2010 and 2007. It also supports various versions of MS exchange and outlook express.   For more information on this software, you can visit: http://www.pstrepair.net


    1. Dont worry if you are not able to access your .pst files. It's common issues and lot of third party PST repair tool is available on web to repair corrupted .pst files. I repaired my .pst files quickly with the help of this post.


    2. If PST file is corrupt, you should use the Inbox Repair tool, commonly known as the scanpst.exe utility. It comes as a built-in repair tool with MS Outlook client. By using the scanpst.exe utility, you can scan corrupt PST file for errors and fix them with ease. If you don't know how to use the scanpst.exe utility, you can refer to this blog post:- Outlook PST Recovery Tool.

    3. Take right decision if your PST get corrupt and going to purchase any PST Recovery Tool. Here I will suggest use Inbox Repair Tool which is free to use. Inbox Repair Tool lets to recover PST when Outlook showing error at the time of opening them. Check it: Repair PST Using Inbox Repair Tool