Outlook is a successful application of Microsoft Corporation, which has become a basic necessity for all the employees in an organization. It is the most widely used email client. It helps to maintain most of the personal or confidential information of the user in a single application. The major drawback of Outlook is it stores the entire user saved data in a single .pst file which is highly prone to corruption.
There are plenty of factors which results in .pst file corruption. The most common reasons are:
- Due to surpass of .pst file size: In older versions of Outlook, the .pst file size was fixed to 2GB. In case if the data accumulated in it may reach or exceeds 2GB, there are more chances of .pst file corruption.
- Damage or deletion of header: The .pst file may corrupt due to damage or deletion of .pst file header structure by the third party application, user action or by the system crash.
- File system damage: In case if the file system of computer gets corrupted due to OS failure, software failure, etc. which may leads to .pst file corruption.
Irrespective of the reason, if .pst file gets corrupted, then Outlook may stops working in high corruption cases and there are chances of data loss and deleted email. This will create some unnecessary delay in your work.
At this point of time if the user have its backup, then it will be good, else it needs to repair the corrupted PST file using some PST recovery software. The software application can repair the PST file and recover deleted emails.
Initially you can use scanpst.exe-a built-in inbox repair tool which comes with Outlook email suite. The problem with this tool is, it repairs only the .pst file’s header and at times it is unable to fix the damage of the PST file.
Hence third party tools are the best choice for handling the .pst file corruption. Instead of over-writing the original .pst file, they scan the entire file, extract the data from it and create a new file with all the extracted data. This is highly safest method to repair a .pst file without harming the original file. These tools also help to repair and recover the password protected and encrypted .pst files.
One such popular tool for .pst file repair is Remo Repair Outlook (PST). This is an efficient tool for .pst file repair which has got an intelligent scanning algorithm with two different options to customize the scan and output level based on .pst file corruption. You can download the free to try version of the application.
You can choose any tool which you like, but make sure that you tried and evaluated before using. Because a wrong tool may leads to further corruption of .pst file beyond repair. Don’t ever select any tool blindly. When you complete the repair and recovery process, practice a habit of taking regular backup of your .pst file. This will help you a lot in case of further .pst file corruption