Tips to Recover Corrupt Outlook PST File

30 Sep

An Outlook PST file is prone to corruption due to many reasons, such as oversize of PST file, sudden system shutdown, abrupt exit from Outlook, and other hardware and software issues. Since the corruption of PST file halts the entire working of Outlook, thus at this situation opting for reliable methods to rectify the issue and recover Outlook data becomes an essential task. These methods may range from inbuilt PST repair tool, changing some Outlook settings, to, repair Outlook data file (.pst file) by using a third-party PST recovery tool. Some of the most efficient tips to recover corrupt or inaccessible Outlook PST file are:

  • Always Maintain Backup: One of the easiest ways to recover your Outlook data in any case of Outlook PST file corruption is through backup. It is always a good practice to take regular backups of your PST file.
  • Use Outlook’s Inbox Repair Tool: This is the inbuilt utility of MS Outlook for repairing corruption of Outlook PST files. The name of the exe file, which is used in this utility, is scanpst.exe. Scanpst.exe utility repairs the PST file when there is some problem in the header part of the PST file. Therefore, if the PST file is severely corrupt, then this utility too fails to do the needful, but for most of the cases it works as boon. Check this post what to do when scanpst.exe tool fails to repair damaged .pst file.
  • Use Third-Party Recovery Tool: When none of the aforementioned tips work then using third-party PST recovery tool is recommended. Reliable third-party tools repair your corrupt or damaged PST file from all kinds of PST file corruption and recover your precious data. An efficient utility for this category even performs deleted emails recovery also.

One of the highly appreciated and most recommended software for this category is PST Recovery Software. The program has very intuitive user interface that enables even a non-technical user to perform the recovery of his/her precious Outlook data file. The tool efficiently recovers lost Outlook PST data from all kinds of corruptions and restores various types of objects. With all these features, the software allows searching emails from the list of recoverable items.

If you want, you can perform selective recovery of your Outlook folders. Moreover, the software even repairs PST files larger than 2GB and perform recovery of password protected PST files. The software also provides a detailed preview of exact content of any particular email and allows you to save your recovered PST file at your desired location. This efficient tool is designed for MS Outlook 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000 and is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000.

To analyze this software, you can download its free demo version. The demo version provides the preview of all recoverable mail items. However, to save these items, you need to purchase the license of the software, which bears a very reasonable cost.

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