How to Use MS Outlook PST Recovery Tools?

MS Outlook, the popular email client for MS Exchange, is widely used in the corporate world for effective collaboration and email communication. It’s perfect integration with other Microsoft products, the ability to work in offline mode, and its user-friendly features make it the most popular of all email clients. However it cannot be stated that it works in a completely error-free manner. Outlook users should always expect errors and corruption issues, and should always be prepared to fix them instantly. For repairing corrupted Outlook items, the users can rely on the inbuilt features of MS Outlook, or can use some professional third-party tools like RecoveryFix for Outlook.

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Outlook Data File (PST) Corruption – A Common Issue Faced by Outlook Users

MS Outlook stores its files as Outlook Data Files (PST). They contain emails, contacts, calendar, tasks and other Outlook items. When the PST file is corrupt, users will not be able to access its items. Instead they receive some error messages indicating the corruption of PST file. Some common error messages displayed by Outlook after PST corruption are:

‘Microsoft Outlook has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience’.

‘Unable to display the folder. The file xxx.pst could not be accessed’.

‘The file xxx.pst is not a personal folders file’.

How can PST files become corrupt?

Many hardware and software issues are found to be responsible for the corruption of Outlook Data Files. Hard disk issues, file-header corruption, media corruption, network errors, power failures, Outlook exit errors, broken PST file, and virus attacks are some of them. 2 GB size limitation error though was very frequent in earlier versions, is not a big issue with the latest versions of MS Outlook.

Tools and Utilities for Fixing Outlook PST Corruption

Microsoft provides some simple inbuilt features with Outlook or provides some easy ways for dealing with the corruption of PST files. The most popular among them is the Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe). But, if the corruption is a severe one, use of professional third-party tools become necessary. RecoveryFix for Outlook is found to be effective for all types of PST corruption issues.

Repair Outlook Data File (PST and OST) of MS Outlook 2013 using the Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe)

The Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) is installed automatically in the computer at the time of Outlook installation. However, depending on the version of Outlook, its location may slightly vary. Most of the Outlook users use it as the first-aid tool for fixing PST corruption issues. Here is how you can use it for Outlook 2013.

  • Exit MS Outlook 2013 completely.
  • Go to the Program Files folder of the system and find Scanpst.exe. Note: You can use the Search box of Windows to find the Scanpst.exe.
  • Double-click scanpst.exe.
  • Type the name of the PST file in the Enter the name of the file you want to scan box (or use Browse button to select the file).
    Note: Click Options for log creation options. If you don’t click and choose your options, a new log file will be used for the scan.
  • Click Start.
    Note: To change the default name or location of the backup file created during the repair, enter the new name in the Enter name of backup file box or use the Browse button and select the required file.
  • Click Repair if you are prompted to do so.
    Note: It prompts if it finds errors in the scanning.
  • Press Ctrl+6 to switch to the Folder List view in the Folder Pane.
  • Drag the items of Lost and Found folder to a newly created Outlook Data File.
  • Finally remove Recovered Personal Folders (PST) file in the Folder Pane.
  • Now start Outlook again (with the profile of the repaired PST).

If you are able to open the original PST, you are sure to recover items. If you are not able to open the original PST, import the backup PST created by the Inbox Repair Tool in to the Outlook after renaming it with PST extension (the backup file is saved in the same folder as the original one, but with an extension .bak)

Note: Please make a copy of the backup file before renaming it.

RecoveryFix for Outlook – A User-friendly Tool for Solving Outlook PST Issues

RecoveryFix for Outlook PST repair, a specially designed solution for dealing with Outlook PST issues, helps you recover corrupt or inaccessible emails, contacts, attachments, notes, journals and other items from corrupt PST files of MS Outlook versions 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000. Using this Fix PST File tool, you can recover deleted Outlook items as well.

Why RecoveryFix for Outlook is a Unique Tool?

  • Easily recovers inaccessible emails and other Outlook items form corrupt or damaged PST
  • Recovers deleted Outlook items from PST
  • Fixes 2GB limitation errors of Outlook PST
  • Operates in two modes of recovery – Standard mode & Advanced mode
  • Works even with password-protected PST files
  • Displays the recovered items in a tree-like order for user-preview
  • Saves the recovered items in the desired location in PST, MSG or EML format
  • Owns Find option to search for specific items
  • Allows to filter the recovered items by date range
  • Owns user-friendly interface and descriptive screens
  • Supports Outlook versions Outlook 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000
  • Available as free trial version of Fix PST tool

Try Before You Buy

You are recommended to try the trial version of RecoveryFix for Outlook before purchasing it. It gives you a good idea about the Fix PST File tool, its features and PST recovery capabilities. It allows you to recover and preview the PST items. If you wish to save the items after recovery, you need to purchase the full version.

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