How to Convert Invalid Path Error Showing OST to PST File?

Microsoft Outlook is an excellent email client that has made its way in many corporate organizations. Its features have reduced the complex process of accessing each and every mail account of a user within single folder called PST (Personal Storage Table). Outlook can be used in offline mode too with the use of MS Exchange Server according to user needs.

Moreover, Outlook users in huge organizations are offered to use offline folder i.e. Outlook OST for enhanced communication. But, using Outlook OST file to send, receive mails and other activities requires strong knowledge about Outlook and Microsoft Exchange Server usage. Else, errors encounter while accessing Outlook data and create blunders. One such error is invalid path for .OST file.

Outlook Error: The Path Specified for the file Outlook.OST is not valid

This error is usually occurs with Outlook users of an organization, who use roaming profiles. A roaming profile is one that gets saved on shared network of Microsoft Exchange Server instead of one’s desktop. So that user can access his/her profile on any computer that is connected to that network. But in this process, MS Outlook may sometimes fail to recognize the OST file of a roaming user profile due to incorrect configuration, irrational network settings, etc. Additionally, when OST file is missing from the specified path or OST file is corrupted, then also this error might get encountered by opening the Outlook.

How to fix invalid path error of Outlook OST file?

  • Make use of inbuilt integrity check tool, Scanost.exe on Outlook OST file
  • Ensure that the path of OST file, which Outlook is trying to look is correct 
  • The most preferred solution is to delete complete user profile and then again adding it to Outlook. To do so, backup your profile and also the roaming profile from C:\Documents and Settings to C:\Temp; Then delete both the profiles from the old location. When you log in again next time, Outlook creates one clean profile

If these don’t resolve the issues of OST file, then the best way is to convert the error showing OST file to healthy PST file using efficient converter program. The best program to convert OST to PST after error the path specified for the file .ost is not valid is Yodot OST to PST Converter This tool has inbuilt high-tech algorithms that can easily convert healthy as well as error showing OST file of MS Outlook to reusable PST file by fixing all its errors. It also converts password protected OST file of various Outlook versions including Office 2013. One can employ this tool on Windows 8, Windows 7, XP, Vista, 2003 and 2008 OS based desktops and laptops.

Steps to easily convert invalid path specified error showing OST file to PST:

  • Download Yodot OST to PST Converter software on Windows system where OST file resides
  • Then install and launch the tool by carrying out given instructions
  • In the main screen, you will find two options called ‘Open OST File’ and ‘Find OST File’
  • Select required option according to your need
  • Further, provide a destination location to sve repaired and converted Outlook file
  • Then click on Convert button to trigger the process of conversion
  • Software repairs the error and then successfully converts the file to PST
  • After completion of conversion process, go to the destination location to find converted file

Safety Measures:

  • Before enabling offline mode of Outlook, have complete knowledge about its usage
  • Perform proper configuration settings while creating OST file on your Outlook profile
  • Have a backup copy of required OST file to evade unknown data mishaps