When Outlook PST file gets corrupted, MS Outlook application will behave badly and stop responding. The corruption in the PST file does not allow users to access any email items stored in it. PST file corruption issues occur due to various reasons which are very important for users to know in terms of file security. We will discuss all these reason in the upcoming section of this article in details. If users want to work with Outlook Application un-interruptible, they must need to first recover the PST file. To repair PST file, users can use manual method as well as third party Outlook PST Recovery tool.
We will discuss both solutions in this article. Here users will get step by step procedure of manual and automated tool. After following which they can easily able to make all the data accessible within least possible time. However, before going straight to the process, let us first know what are the various reasons behind PST file corruption?
Hardware and software issues may be the main reason behind corruption in PST files. Therefore, here we will discuss both Hardware and Software issues in details:
Data storage device failure → to understand this point let us take an example, if your hard drive has bad sectors and your Outlook PST file is stored in those sectors. Then maybe you can only read part of the PST file. Or the data you are reading is incorrect and full of errors.
Problematic networking device → For example, the Outlook PST file is on the network server and you are trying to access it over network connections from a client computer. If the network interface cards, cables, routers, hubs, and other devices that make up the network connections are having problems, remote access to the PST file can cause corruption.
Power Failure → If a power failure occurs while accessing the PST files, your PST files may be corrupted.
Wrong file system recovery → it may be amazing that file system recovery can cause PST file corruption. In fact, sometimes when your file system is broken and you try to use a data recovery tool to recover the PST files on it, the recovery cannot get properly exhibited, which in turns lead to PST corruption.
Fatal virus attacks → many viruses infect and damage or make inaccessible Outlook PST files. It is highly suggested that you have good quality antivirus software installed on your Outlook email system.
Terminate Outlook Abnormally → In normal situations, you should exit Outlook properly by saving any changes to the PST file and then clicking the "Exit" or "Close" menu item. However, if Outlook shuts down abnormally while opening and accessing the PST file, the PST file is vulnerable to damage or corruption. This can happen when the aforementioned power outage occurs, or when Outlook takes action and you exit it by clicking "End Task" in Windows Task Manager, or when you turn off your computer without exiting Outlook and Windows normally.
Hence these are the common causes for PST file corruption. But these corruption issues can be solved and in our next section we will discuss on this topic only. So continue reading this article to know the solution for repairing corrupt Outlook PST file.
If you want to repair corrupt Outlook PST files, you can try an inbuilt inbox repair (Scanpst.exe) tool for Outlook PST recovery in most of the corruption cases. It is a free utility introduced by Microsoft that speedily scans all the errors and helps users to repair corrupt PST files. You need to follow few steps to repair your corrupt PST file using this Scanpst.exe (Inbox Repair Tool). The working procedure of this tool is mentioned below:
Before starting Outlook PST recovery, fist of all you need to search the PST file location. Only after that, users can use this scanpst.exe utility. Follow the steps below to use scanpst.exe.
1. Click Win+R key to open the "Run" dialog box.
2. Now you have to enter the C:\Users\%username%\Documents\Outlook Files\ and then click "Ok" tab to continue the process.
Note: – The above path only applies to Outlook versions later than Outlook 2007. But in case you are using Outlook 2007 use C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\ instead.
3. Now open scanpst.exe. tool on your Window system
4. Now click the Browse button, to search the PST file that you want to repair, and click Start button.
5. Once the scanning process ends, click the "Repair" button to repair the Outlook PST file.
Note: Before clicking the 'repair' button make sure that you are backing up the scanned file by checking "Make a backup of scanned file before repairing".
6. After the completion of recovery process, it will display a message on the screen as "Repair Complete".
7. You are now finished repairing your PST file.
Hence, we have discussed the possible manual solutions to repair the Outlook PST corruption problems. Users can definitely use this manual trick to repair corrupt files; in this article we have explained it in details. However, these manual solutions cannot provide repair guarantee to fix the corruption problem in all instances of corruption. If the above solutions do not achieve success, then you can try the professional Outlook PST recovery software to repair multiple Outlook PST files automatically without any problem or compromise on file size.
The Regain Outlook PST Repair tool is developed with the aim of helping Outlook users overcome Outlook problems by performing repair task on PSTs without prior technical training. This PST Recovery tool works efficiently and easily recover data of Outlook mail objects such as emails, attachments, contacts, notes, drafts, calendars, sent items etc. It recovers all the Outlook PST data in such a manner that all the recovered data remains unchanged, you will find all data original as it was before the recovery as there is no alteration in any data contents. Some of the best features of the Outlook PST Recovery Software are:
Beyond these features, this PST Recovery software is available with a demo version that allows users to scan corrupted PST files and preview the recoverable data for free. By reviewing the data before recovery, users can assess the performance of this Outlook PST Recovery software and make an appropriate investment decision.