How to Recover Corrupt or Damaged Outlook PST Files?

There is no better program than MS Outlook for managing emails and contacts, organizing events, scheduling tasks, and keeping notes. That is why organizations as well as individual users across the world rely on this Microsoft program for their email communication requirements.

PST Corruption in MS Outlook

Outlook Data File (PST) is vulnerable to corruption due to various reasons such as PST size limitation errors, sudden termination of Outlook program, system corruption, virus attacks etc. By keeping the PST file in check, and by using Outlook with utmost care, users can avoid the chances of corruption to some extent. Considering the chances of PST corruption, users are always advised to back up their PST file regularly.

How to Use the Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) to Solve PST Corruption Issues?

Keeping the probability of PST corruption in consideration, Microsoft has provided the Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) to diagnose and fix the corruption of PST file in Outlook. Follow the steps given below to run the Inbox Repair Tool on corrupt PST:

    1. Locate the Scanpst.exe file and double-click it.
      Location of the Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe)
      Windows 32 bit Windows 64 bit

      Outlook 2013

      <disk drive>\Program
      Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\office15

      <disk drive>\Program
      Files(x86)\Microsoft Office 15\root\office15

      Outlook 2010

      <disk drive>:\Program
      Files\Microsoft Office\Office14

      <disk drive>:\Program
      Files\Microsoft Office(x86)\Office14

      Outlook 2007

      <disk drive>:\Program
      Files\Microsoft Office\Office12

      <disk drive>:\Program
      Files(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12

  1. Browse and select the corrupt or damaged PST file, and click Start.
  2. Start Outlook with the profile that has the corrupt or damaged PST file.
  3. Turn on Folder List view (press CTRL + 6)
  4. Go to Lost and Found folder in the Recovered Personal Folders, to view the items recovered by the Inbox Repair Tool.
  5. Create a new PST file in Outlook and drag the items of the Lost and Found Folder to the new PST.
  6. Finally, delete the Recovered Personal Folders.

You may not be able to recover permanently deleted items and seriously corrupted items using this method. In that case you can use professional PST repair tools like RecoveryFIX for Outlook PST Repair to recover the items.

How to Retrieve Corrupt Outlook PST Files?
Steps to recover corrupt or damaged Outlook PST files are as follows:

  1. Launch RecoveryFix Outlook PST Repair tool.
  2. Click Browse to select corrupt or damaged PST file, select Standard mode as the file recovery mode.
  3. Note: For badly corrupt or damaged Outlook PST File(s), choose Advanced Mode and click Next.

  4. Upon PST file scan completion, all the mailbox info will pop on-screen in distinct sections:
  5. File Tree: In this section, all the parent folders are arranged in a tree structure.
    Folder Content: This area displays what’s inside of each folder.
    Preview Pane: By clicking on the mail item or attachment, a preview will be shown in this section.

  6. Checkmark all or some specific folders (1) you want to recover and click Save (2).
  7. Select Save in Outlook (1) and select Save in PST (2). Browse file saving location (3) and click Ok (4).
  8. Note: Here, you can save the file in MSG format. Also, you can save the file in Outlook Express format.

  9. Wait for the process to complete.
  10. Note: If something went wrong or you want to adjust some settings before final PST file recovery, click Stop.

  11. Thus, PST is file repaired & recovered successfully; click Ok.

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