Extract Missing PST File in Outlook 2007

“Hi, I am using MS Outlook 2007 PST file from couple of years, which holds all of my personal and confidential information in its PST file. Today as I try to open PST file, Outlook displays an error message saying could not find *****.pst file. What should I do now? All valuable suggestions are welcomed!!!”

Microsoft Outlook 2007 may render error saying cannot find PST file mainly due to two reasons – 1. Outlook forgets the default path to PST file saved in system drive; 2. PST file is removed because of some issues. In such situation you can verify what is actually causing this error by looking for PST file in default location, C:UsersDocuments Outlook Files. If it is present in default path then reconfigure Outlook Profile settings, else PST file has disappeared completely from system drive. Some common scenarios that lead to missing of Outlook 2007 PST file are given below:

  • Scanning the drive containing PST file using unsafe antivirus can sometimes remove files from the drive without user notification
  • If any interruption occurs while moving Outlook 2007 PST file then it leads to loss of file
  • Due to incorrect installation or un-installation of applications on system can result in missing of Outlook 2007 PST file from default location

If you face any of the above mentioned scenarios and lose PST file from Outlook 2007 then restore it via Previous Versions. Browse the folder where PST file was located, sometimes error message will indicate the path otherwise check the possible default location given in backup and restore guide of Outlook. Now right click on 'Outlook Files' folder, from menu select 'Restore previous versions'. The properties dialog box will open with 'Previous Versions' tab enabled. Double click on most recent folder listed to see its contents. If missing PST file is present in folder then copy it and paste it in original folder location. Unfortunately, if folder doesn't contain your PST file, use reliable file recovery tool to get back lost PST file from Outlook 2007.

Utility to rescue missing PST file in Outlook 2007:

User can restore Outlook 2007 PST file using Yodot File Recovery software compatible on Windows operating system. This app allows you to recover different types of files like generic media files, email files, archives, animation files and database files without compromising with its quality. Its advanced search algorithm and scanning technology performs unique files signature scan to get back deleted or lost files or folders. It is 100% virus free and easy to use with simple interface. It can retrieve files from drives formatted with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 and ExFAT file system. Along with internal hard drive, user can get back files from portable HDD, memory card, pen drive, FireWire drives, SSD drives and many more. This utility is also compatible to rescue old files from Windows XP, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 operating system.

Steps to recover missing PST files from Outlook 2007:

  • Download and install Yodot File Recovery software on Windows computer
  • After installation, run the tool and follow the instructions
  • Main window will display two options which are 'Deleted File Recovery' and 'Lost File Recovery'
  • Choose 'Lost File Recovery' option and continue further
  • Mark the drive from where you want to restore Outlook 2007 PST files and click on 'Next'
  • Wait till the scanning process gets over and then choose PST files which you want to retrieve
  • To make recovery process easy, it is recommended to use two view options that is 'Data View' and 'File Type View'
  • At last save recovered Outlook 2007 PST files in preferred location or on any external storage device, but not on same drive

Notable Points:

  • Protect your desktop from virus with reliable anti-virus program
  • Keep backup of important Outlook 2007 PST file on multiple storage devices

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