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
You might be using MS Outlook regularly and have been a valued user of Outlook for long time. Knowingly or unknowingly you must also be using the .pst file regularly to store all your Emails on your local hard drive. After a prolong use of Outlook and .pst file, suddenly if you encounter with some issues while accessing Outlook, it lead to data loss. This may happen due to .pst file corruption. In such situation just think of an inbox repair tool which can help you fix the damaged PST file.
We will discuss the solution later but first let’s look at some of the reasons for .pst file corruption:
- Abnormal termination of Outlook application due to system crash or power surge: If your Outlook application terminates suddenly due to some power crash or improper shut down of computer while accessing data from Outlook, it may lead to corruption of the PST file.
- Because of logical corruption of Outlook: Logical corruption may happen due to human errors, software malfunction, virus infection, and improper modification of Outlook .pst file.
- Due to exceed in size of .pst file: The size of the .pst file is limited. If the data stored in it exceeds the size of the .pst file, then there are high chances of .pst file corruption.
We all know that Outlook uses a single .pst file to store all the Outlook data along with emails. Hence the result of .pst file corruption may leads to high data loss and your Outlook may stops working. This may affect your communication in professional and personal aspects.
At any point if you face the .pst file corruption, don’t think that it will last forever. You can repair the corrupt .pst file using PST Recovery software. Initially try with the inbuilt inbox repair tool provided by MS Outlook i.e. scanpst.exe. But often you will not get the desired results because of the inefficiency of scanpst. This tool can be able to repair only .pst file only to a certain extent.
If you are not able to see the expected result using scanpst.exe, then you can try a reliable third party software, which will definitely give you the required results. These tools can scan and extract all the contents of your .pst file. They will not damage the original .pst file, instead of that they will create a new copy of .pst file with the same old content which you can import back to your Outlook profile. These tools have user friendly interface so that even a person with minimum computer knowledge can use them easily to repair the .pst file
There is a one such type of tool which I recently came across is Remo Repair Outlook (PST), which is very competent, efficient and easy to use. You can download Remo Repair Outlook (PST) and use the software which is free to try and reliable software. So before using any tool, try and evaluate it according to your requirements and choose a best application.
Outlook is an awesome gift given by Microsoft Corporation along with MS Office for email users. It offers enormous set of options to manage our day to day activities along with sending and receiving emails. Hence most of the email users prefer Outlook as their email client. Outlook it stores all the data saved by the user in his profile in a single .pst file. But the main drawback of Outlook is the PST file is prone to corruption. If it is get corrupted Outlook will not work, which in turn interrupt you at work and may also leads to data loss.
At this point of time, if the user had the .pst file backup when it is corrupted, then user need not worry, else to fix corrupted PST file Outlook repair tool can be employed. You might be thinking how does it get corrupted? Here are few reasons:
- In earlier versions of Outlook the maximum size of .pst file was limited. If the data stored in it reaches 2GB or exceeds it, then the chances corruption are high.
- Since the network environment does not support the frequent access of .pst file, it may corrupt when a user try to access it through remote drive or over the network.
- If there is any file system error due to operating system crash, then there are chances of .pst file getting damaged.
Whenever you face .pst file corruption without its backup, as I stated earlier fix it using some PST repair tool. In first shot, you can try to use the built-in tool scanpst.exe, since it can be able to read only the header, chances of getting result are very less.
In such circumstances when the Outlook repair tool in incapable to repair the damaged PST file user can third party tool. You must be thinking that how to trust a third party application to repair such an important file which is having critical data? So this is what you can do, before using the application, take a copy of your corrupted .pst file, download the demo version of any .pst repair tool and evaluate it. Once you feel that it can be able to repair your corrupted .pst file then use it.
There are some genuine tools like Remo Repair Outlook (PST), which are specially developed for Outlook .pst repair and recovery. It will not even change a bit of your original .pst file. Instead of that, it reads the entire information stored in it, extract and create a new .pst file. It also helps you to find the .pst file on your hard drive, if you don’t know the location. Select a tool which really cares for your data and doesn’t modify the PST file.
Once you finish the repair and recovery process, don’t think that you are safe now in terms of your .pst file. It may corrupt again. So it is advised to take a regular backup of your .pst file. This will be usable whenever you come across .pst file corruption.