Solve ‘Microsoft Inbox Repair tool Scanpst.exe does not recognize the PST file’ Error

What exactly is a PST file in Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is one of the most widely used email applications out there. Not just that, it is also undoubtedly one of the best personal information managers to manage info like contacts, calendars, emails, etc. In addition to all of these basic functionality, what Outlook also does is it allows users to work offline. Meaning, you can compose emails, edit contacts and calendars, but emails will be sent and delivered once you connect to the internet.

In order for Outlook to work the way it does, it makes use of a file called PST. PST file is a data file that contains all Outlook data like emails, contacts, calendars, notes, journals, etc. which is saved on your computer. But this file is like any other regular file on your computer. It can get corrupted due to bad sectors on the hard drive, file system corruption or due to the large size of the PST file.

But one of the most common reasons is, of course, the large size of the PST file. The reason why this is so common is that by default PST files keep adding data as and when you send/receive emails, add a contact, etc. So, naturally, these files can grow to a very large size and cause corruption issues.

But these issues can normally be repaired using a built in tool called Scanpst.exe provided by Microsoft. Scanpst.exe is a good choice to repair minor issues in the PST file. But it cannot repair all the issues if the PST file is severely corrupt or if the PST file is too large. In such cases, you may receive the error ‘Microsoft Inbox Repair tool does not recognize the file <path of the .pst file’.

How to resolve the error ‘Microsoft Inbox Repair Tool does not recognize the PST file’?

Since Scanpst.exe is not designed to handle large PST files, it may throw an error message ‘Scanpst.exe does not recognize the PST file’ when a large PST file is being assigned for repair. A solution to this problem is to use a dedicated PST repair software called Yodot PST Repair. It is designed to repair corrupt PST files no matter the severity, or the reason for corruption. Also, it has the ability to handle very large PST files easily. Hence, you will have not any restriction on the size limit of the PST file the software can handle.

Yodot is not only designed to repair corrupt PST files but also damaged or inaccessible .pst files. It repairs the PST file in such a way that the original Outlook contents are not modified. After repair, it re-creates a new healthy PST file with all the original contents. This new PST file once imported to Outlook, you can access all Outlook data like emails, contacts, calendars, in the same form as it was originally.