How to repair Outlook Data Files (.pst)

These error when your outlook pst file corrupt so you need to repair. following these step:-

Inbox Repair tool (scanpst.exe)

Scanpst.exe is installed on your computer when you install Microsoft Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2007. The Inbox Repair tool tries to correct any problems by resetting the data file structure and rebuilding the headers for Outlook items. If you are using an Exchange account, the tool does not connect to or analyze the data saved on the Exchange server.

IMPORTANT: You must exit Outlook before using the Inbox Repair tool. It is not accessible within Outlook.

Open Windows Explorer and select the drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE14 folder.

NOTE: If you're using Outlook 2007, select drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12

Double-click Scanpst.exe.

In the Enter the name of the file you want to scan box, enter the name of the .pst or .ost file that you want to check, or click Browse to select the file.

To specify the scan log options, click Options, and then click the option that you want.

Click Start.

If errors are found, you are prompted to start the repair process to fix the errors.

A backup file is created during the repair process. To change the default name or location of this backup file, in the Enter name of backup file box, enter a new name, or click Browse to select the file that you want to use.

Click Repair.

Start Outlook with the profile that contains the .pst file that you tried to repair.

In the Navigation Pane, click Folder List.

Keyboard shortcut To open switch to the Folder List, press CTRL+6.

In the Folder List, you might see a folder named Recovered Personal Folders that contains your default Outlook folders or a Lost and Found folder. The recovered folders are usually empty, because this is a rebuilt .pst file. The Lost and Foundfolder contains the folders and items recovered by the Inbox Repair tool.

You can create an Outlook Data File (.pst), and drag the items in the Lost and Found folder into the new data file. When you have finished moving all the items, you can remove the Recovered Personal Folders (.pst) file, including the Lost and Found folder, from your profile.


If you are able to open the original Outlook Data File (.pst), you may be able to recover additional items from your damaged .pst file. By default, the Inbox Repair tool creates a file with the same name, but with the file extension of .bak. The .bak file is located in the same folder as your original .pst file. You may be able to recover items from the .bak file that the Inbox Repair tool could not recover. Make a copy of the .bak file, and give the file a new name with a .pst extension, such as bak.pst. Import the bak.pst file, and then move any additional recovered items to the new .pst file that you created.

A copy of the log file is saved to the same folder as the .pst file.



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