Nowadays, Microsoft Outlook has become one of the most significant email client for an organization users. It is mainly used as an email application that can synchronize user’s entire emails from the Web to Desktop. It contains multiple components such as Calendar, Contact Manager, Notes etc. Moreover, it can also save the required data in PST as well as OST file format. Let us understand the basic information about PST & OST file, possible reasons behind the corruption along with most effective ways to fix corruption.
PST or personal storage table is a proprietary file format. It is used to manage users personal information in Microsoft Outlook. Also, it is known as Outlook data files, which contains all components i.e. email messages, contacts, calendar, and other necessary items in a PST type. It is the most reliable format, which helps to store the data in ANSI and Unicode format.
It's MIME type is application/vnd.ms-outlook. Moreover, its default location varies based on Windows Operating System and MS Office versions.
For Outlook 2007-
For Outlook 2010-
Reason Behind PST File Corruption
There are so many reasons due to which .pst data file become corrupted or damaged as well. Go through the following points:
Types of Outlook PST File Error Message
There are following possible errors in Outlook PST as discussed below:
Microsoft Outlook developer provides an inbuilt solution, which is known as Inbox Repair Tool or scanpst.exe. With this tool, users can easily recover the corrupted or damaged Outlook data file (.pst). It first scan the PST file and then, repair it. One need to perform the following steps to fix MS Outlook PST file as 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 PST file errors 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, one can use the third party utility i.e. Outlook PST repair tool. It is a reliable and advance 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 of corruption from Outlook data file. The software is programmed in such a manner that it can retrieve a PST file even without installing the MS Outlook on a local machine.
Go through the following steps:
Choose the email to preview its message along with their respective attachments.
OST or Offline Data File is created by MS Outlook when connected with the Exchange Server to access the data in offline mode. For this way, users can easily edit, compose or delete their specific emails in an offline mode. It can 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 Outlook OST File Corruption
There are numerous of reasons due to which .ost data file gets corrupted. Thus, go through the below points:
Types of 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 an error message will be 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 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.