Nowadays, Microsoft Outlook has become one of the most significant email client for an organization. It is mainly used as an email application to synchronize user’s entire emails from the Web to Desktop. It contains multiple components such as Calendar, Contact Manager, Notes etc. Moreover, it can save data in PST as well as OST file format. Let us understand the basics of PST & OST file, possible reasons behind Outlook corruption and the most effective ways to repair corrupt Outlook OST & PST files.
PST or personal storage table is a proprietary file format. It is used to manage user's personal information in Microsoft Outlook. Also, it is known as an Outlook data file, which contains all components i.e. email messages, contacts, calendar, and other necessary items in the .pst format. It is the most reliable format, which helps the users to store the Outlook data in ANSI and Unicode format.
It's MIME type is application/vnd.ms-outlook. Moreover, it's default location varies based on Windows Operating System and MS Office versions.
For Outlook 2007-
For Outlook 2010-
Reasons Behind Outlook 2013 PST file Corruption
There are so many reasons due to which .pst data file becomes corrupted or damaged. Go through the following points:
Types of Outlook PST File Error Message
Possible error messages related to Outlook PST file corruption are listed below:
Microsoft Outlook developers provides an inbuilt solution, which is known as Inbox Repair Tool or scanpst.exe. With this tool, users can easily repair corrupted Outlook data file. It first scans the PST file and then repair it. The steps to perform corrupted PST file recovery is discussed below:
Points to Remember
What to do if SCANPST is not Found?
If users are unable to find the SCANPST utility on the default location, then they might disable Show hidden files and folder option. Be sure that this option is enabled.
For Windows 10, you have to check the following points:
There are many circumstances in which scanpst.exe fails to repair Corrupted Outlook PST file which makes this application less efficient and reliable. In simple terms, the success of scanpst.exe tool is totally based on the corruption available in PST file. If above-stated solution cannot work fine, then, one can take help of the trusted third party software.
In order to eliminate all type of data corruption from PST, Outlook PST repair tool can be used. It is a reliable and advanced tool that can recover/repair all data items such as emails, calendars, journal, notes, etc. in PST format. With this software, users can remove both minor as well as major level corruptions from Outlook data file. The software is programmed in such a manner that it can repair Corrupted Outlook PST file even without installing the MS Outlook on a local machine.
Go through the following steps:
Choose the emails to be previewed along with their respective attachments.
OST or Offline Data File is created by MS Outlook when it is connected with the Exchange Server to access the data in offline mode. By this way, users can easily edit, compose or delete their specific emails in offline mode. It will synchronize automatically whenever a connection has been established again. Moreover, its default location is mentioned below.
For Windows 8:
For Windows 7:
Windows Vista: Drive:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook
For Windows XP:
Drive:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Reasons For Corrupted Outlook OST File
There are a number of reasons by which .ost data file can get corrupted. Some of them are listed below
Types of Corrupted Outlook OST File Error Message
Go through the different types of .ost errors as given below:
MS Outlook offers an inbuilt utility i.e. scanost.exe, which helps to repair offline storage table (.ost) files. To run the scanost.exe utility, follow some of the following steps:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12
Note: As noted that Microsoft Outlook has been connected with Exchange to enable this .exe file. Otherwise, the following error message will pop-up on the screen “offline synchronization is not supported for your mailbox”.
One of the best trusted third party utility is OST file repair tool, which is used to recover the orphaned and corrupted Outlook OST files. The software is capable to recover an inaccessible OST file and exports the recovered data in 3 different file formats i.e. PST, EML and MSG. It maintains the Meta properties of all data items intact during the conversion process. The tool has dual scanning modes, Quick for less corrupted .ost files and Advance for highly corrupted .ost data files.
Let us follow the given below steps:
Also, Browse the Temp Folder where the software keeps the scanned copy of the OST file.