Thursday, April 19, 2012

Various built-in repair utilities for Outlook PST Recovery

Outlook PST file corruptions range from minor damages to the personal folders file that happen subtly or major corruption leading to substantial data loss. These issues show up frequently as a result of oversizing of the file, faulty device drivers, performing operating system upgrades, and a plethora of other reasons. Any such instance would make your business come to a standstill and leave you in a critical situation of data loss. In order to get over this problem, you need to identify the corruption before the damage becomes irrevocable. You can use the below mentioned tools for outlook pst recovery in the event of .pst corruption and also prevent any future corruption:

Inbox Repair Tool:

The Inbox Repair tool (Scanpst.exe) is an indispensable utility from Microsoft to verify and repair your Personal Folders file (.pst) or Offline Folder file (.ost). It checks the structure of your PST file. If the file structure is damaged, it resets the structure and rebuilds the headers. The 'Scanpst.exe' tool can easily fix header corruption. However, if the data itself is damaged, you have high chances that the file is completely destroyed. The default location of 'Scanpst.exe' is:
'drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12.' 

Oversized PST and OST Crop Utility:

Your Outlook data (PST) file may stop responding after reaching a particular size limit (2 GB in Outlook 2002 and earlier versions). The file becomes susceptible to corruption and subsequently, stops accepting more data. At this stage, you may see any of the following errors:

'The file could not be added to the folder. The action could not be completed.'
'Errors have been detected in the file xxxx.pst. Quit all mail-enabled applications, and then use the Inbox Repair Tool.'

The Oversized PST and OST Crop Utility truncates the PST file to under the predefined size limit and brings it back to a consistent state. Once this utility finishes, you should run the Inbox Repair tool to again verify the file for errors.

PST Recovery Tool :

If the above tools fail to repair PST corruption, you should take the help of professional PST recovery tool. These tools enables you to easily repair damaged Outlook PST without inflicting any further damage to the original file. They can effectively restore all valuable Outlook objects, such as emails, attachments, calendar items, etc. Moreover, they can perform deleted email recovery for all Outlook versions, including MS Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, and 2010.    

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