Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Use Outlook Inbox Repair Tool to repair badly corrupted PST file

Whenever you have encountered a situation like PST File corruption or inaccessibility of Outlook then the most common solution which is recommended by experts is to use Microsoft Outlook Inbox Repair Tool, also named as Scanpst.exe. This repair utility is an inbuilt utility and get installed automatically when you install Outlook the very first time in your system. Inbox repair tool works on the principle of firstly scanning the PST file for errors and then repairing the file if any errors are found.

Use of Inbox Repair Tool :

Numerous errors may come while working with Outlook like, Send or receive errors, Outlook crash, PST file corruption, issue while import/export etc. To fix these outlook errors it is necessary to understand the cause of error and then to go for an appropriate solution. If due to any of the above error, Outlook becomes unresponsive or PST file gets badly corrupted then as a quick step, one should scan the Outlook .pst file with Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe).

Scanpst.exe Location :

The location of Scanpst.exe may differ from one Outlook version to another as mentioned below :

Outlook 2010- C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14

Outlook 2007 - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12

Outlook 2003 - C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\\scanpst.exe

Outlook 2002 - C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI\\scanpst.exe

Outlook 2000 - C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI\\NT\scanpst.exe

Once you have identified the location of Inbox repair utility according to your Outlook version, you may start the scan and repair process.

How it works ? :

Basically, Outlook Inbox repair Tool works only on the header part of the .pst file. So if any error occurs in the body part then this utility will not work. To use this utility, run the Scanpst.exe and select & then scan the corrupt .pst file. Once the scanning gets completed, the tool may report some errors. To repair these errors you need to use the 'Repair' feature of this tool. But remember to mark on the check-box for mail backup before clicking on 'Repair' button.

Once the repair process gets finished, then open the .pst file in Outlook and try to perform the normal operations. If everything is working fine then, it reflects that your Outlook .pst file has been repaired. But a number of times, things are not as easy as it seems and you may face problems in Outlook. This is the result of a corrupt PST file and this is the time when there is the need to find some other alternative solution such as third party Inbox repair tool.

A third party Outlook PST repair tool from Stellar works as an effective Inbox repair solution which works with less time and less efforts. With just three simple steps: Select, Repair and Save, one can easily repair outlook PST file and can recover all its objects like emails, contacts, calendar, tasks, etc.. Also user can have a preview of recovered objects with the free download version of the software.

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