How to Repair PST File When Outlook Won’t Recognize It?

“Hi, one of our users’ computer has crashed. He had 3 .pst files on his c drive working with Outlook 2003. Later I restored his 3 .pst files on Outlook from backup, but only one PST file is opening without any issue. The other 2 files are giving this error message when I try to open them: “The file is not a personal folder file”. I tried scanpst.exe, but that doesn't recognize them either. Does anyone know if these .pst files can be fixed somehow so that they can be opened in Outlook? Thanks in advance.”

From the above mentioned scenario you can clearly conclude that those 2 PST files are corrupted due to system crash. Even Scanpst.exe can’t repair these broken PST files since the severity of corruption might be high.

Apart from computer crash there are some other factors, which may lead to PST file corruption. Among those few are listed below:

To solve various issues with PST file, you need to repair it via manual method such as Scanpst or using automated PST file repair utilities. But Scanpst cannot fix every issue detected in corrupt PST file. Also you need to be technically strong to use this tool, to find location of PST file and to restore recovered items after fixation manually from .pst file.

In order to overwhelm these margins, the urged way to choose is make use of an automated and trusted method i.e.Yodot Outlook PST Repair.

Endorsed technique to repair unrecognized PST file:

You can efficiently fix Outlook won't recognize PST file issue by employing Yodot Outlook PST Repair utility. When recovered PST file not recognized then also you can take help of this tool to fix the issue. It helps in fixing PST files which are damaged due to any sort of corruption. With the assistance of this robust program you can repair severely corrupted Outlook PST file and restore its attributes. You can effortlessly fix password protected as well as large PST files this software and it retrieves deleted emails or email folders by default. Along with restoring emails, this application is smart enough to recover other Outlook elements like contacts, journals, attachments, tasks, notes, calendar items, sent items, personal folders etc from corrupt PST file. The software allows you to search and find the PST file with help of its advanced scanning technology, even if you don’t know exact location of your PST file which is to be fixed.

It is designed with Read-only mechanism so it repairs the corrupt PST file and restores it in a new PST file to evade any sort of damaged or overwriting to source PST file. It’s smart and user-understandable GUI makes repair process simpler and easier even for non-technical users. You can utilize this tool for fixation of PST files on laptops and desktops running with Windows 10, 8.1, 7, 8, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008 operating systems. This utility is compatible in repairing any Outlook issues of Outlook versions like 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Yodot also helps you in solving issues other than Outlook like. AVI not recognized by QuickTime, iPhoto fails to detect AVI file, MOV file is unplayable in QuickTime etc.

Steps to fix Outlook won't recognize PST file issue:


  • Always close Outlook application appropriately
  • Use appropriate method to upgrade/ update Outlook

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