Outlook PST Repair when PST is Corrupt

Millions of people all over the world depend upon Microsoft Outlook for managing emails, contacts, organizing calendar, keeping notes, scheduling tasks, etc. Microsoft Outlook stores all these information in a single file called PST (Personal Storage Table) file.

By default PST file resides in your C drive and stores all emails you receive or send, calendar items that you create, contacts you save, tasks you schedule, notes that you take etc. So any kind of corruption or damage to a PST file results in loss of data.

Main reasons for corruption of PST file:

Whenever you come across difficulty in accessing or opening your Microsoft Outlook then it is a clear indication that your PST file is corrupt. PST file corruption can happen due to various reasons:

  • Most common reason that causes corruption to your PST file is closing or terminating the Microsoft Outlook software abnormally, when it is still processing or finalizing unsaved data on a PST file. This could be done deliberately by clicking “End Task” in Windows task manager or may happen accidentally due to sudden shutdown of the PC or due to power failure
  • Even though Microsoft Outlook 2007 & 2010 supports larger PST file sizes i.e. 20 – 50GB. But it is always recommended to keep your PST file size in control and ideally it should be between 2 to 10 GB in size. Most of data integrity problems start due to oversizing of PST file.
  • Other main reason could be severe virus infection that may make PST file inaccessible
  • File system corruption due to OS reinstallation, OS upgradation tends to cause corruption or inaccessibility of a PST file
  • Upgradation of Microsoft Office Outlook may also cause corruption to PST files

How to repair corrupted PST file?

It is possible to repair corrupted PST file, with the help of “Scanpst.exe” that comes with Microsoft Office. Unfortunately it is limited to handle slight/ minor PST corruptions. However it may fail to fix severely damaged PST file.

Therefore if the “Inbox Repair Tool” is not able to fix your corrupt PST file, then find an efficient third party utility that can help you to repair corrupted PST files. Yodot Outlook PST Repair tool is a premium and result oriented repair utility that can repair not just corrupt PST files but also OST files.

How to use the software to repair the PST file?

  • First download and install Yodot Outlook PST Repair software
  • Start Yodot Outlook PST Repair after closing Microsoft Outlook
  • You can find three options on main window, select any one
    • Open PST file: Choose this option if you know the PST file location
    • Find PST file: Choose this option to find the PST file location
    • Select Outlook profile: Choose this option to open PST file associated with a particular Outlook profile
  • Now choose suitable scanning method
    • Normal scan: choose this method at times of minor PST file corruptions
    • Smart scan: choose this method at times of severe PST file corruptions and also when you want to recover deleted emails, Contacts, Tasks, etc.
  • Now select destination location to store repaired PST file and then click “Repair” button
  • As the repair process finishes, software will display repaired file content in a Outlook styled menu and will also show total no of repaired emails, contacts, tasks, notes, journals, calendar items etc.
  • Select desired ones and discard unwanted ones

List of Precautions

  • Do not exit Microsoft Outlook improperly
  • Use quality and updated antivirus program
  • Keep regular backup for your PST file
  • PST file size should not become bulky
  • Exit Microsoft Office Outlook before executing repair operation on the PST file

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