How to Fix Broken PST File?

Personal Storage Table or PST is the file format used by Microsoft Outlook to store all emails and other data associated with Outlook account. That is it contains all sent / received emails, saved contacts, scheduled tasks, calendar entries, appointments, journals, etc. MS Outlook has Send / Receive feature to help you check for new email messages every time you work on MS Outlook. Although Outlook has many useful and wonderful functions, PST file is not free from issues like corruption.

Usually corruption to Outlook PST file leaves PST file in broken state and you won’t be able to access your emails and other Outlook elements any more. But luckily, MS Outlook application provides an Inbox Repair tool called Scanpst.exe to fix broken PST file. Follow the below procedure and mend your PST file using Scanpst.exe

  • Terminate MS Outlook application if its open
  • Hold "Windows" and "R" key to bring up the “Run” console
  • Type "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12\SCANPST.EXE" without the double quotes to launch Scanpst.exe
  • Click "Browse" button and navigate to the folder which has your broken PST file (Default location is "C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook"
  • Select the broken PST file and then “Open”
  • Click on “Start” button to scan your broken PST file
  • Stick to the main screen procedure, tick the “Make backup of scanned file before repairing” and click on “Repair”
  • After repair completion, you’ll get “Repair complete” message

However Scanpst.exe tool fixes broken PST with minor corruption. In case your Outlook PST is severely damaged, then you need to take the help of a third party repair utility like Yodot Outlook PST Repair to repair your broken PST file.

Yodot Outlook PST Repair software easily fixes your broken Outlook PST file without making any changes to your internal stored Outlook data. The application repairs inaccessible and broken PST file and brings PST file to normal work state. More to this, the tool by default recovers all deleted emails, contacts, calendar entries, appointments and many other Outlook elements from repaired broken PST file. Furthermore, the software effectively repairs PST file created on Microsoft Outlook versions 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2010 on Windows OS.

Broken PST File Repair Procedure?

  • Download the software and install it to a healthy Windows desktop / laptop
  • Run the software and stick to the main screen procedure
  • Click on “Open PST File” option to browse for your broken PST file which is to be repaired
  • Make use of “Find PST File” option to search for your PST or
  • Select “Select Outlook Profile” option to open a particular Outlook PST file if you have multiple account
  • Choose “Normal Scan” method to fix your PST file with minor corruption or select “Smart Scan” method to repair your severely broken PST file
  • Browse for the destination location and click “Repair”
  • After completion of PST repair process, the software shows all the recovered items in Outlook styled interface

Things to Remember:

  • Terminate Microsoft Outlook application before the PST file repair process
  • Backup your important PST file regularly on reliable storage devices

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