If receive an alert that the PST file can’t be opened, we need consider if it’s marked read-only. Here is way to change its read-only status.
When attempting to move an existing PST file to another computer directly, more often than not, we will be informed that the PST file is not a valid file. This means that we cannot open or access the file. What will occur to our minds in the first place may be Outlook errors. In fact, although we often met all sorts of errors, we should consider other factors causing inaccessible PST file. For instance, whether the file is marked read-only or not is a crucial reason.
Invalid PST file is a common problem if we move the file via an exterior device, such as CD, DVD, Flash drive and so on. Virtually moving PST file by Flash drive alike and over network is less likely to encounter this trouble. However, we cannot neglect special cases. Thus if confronted with such situations where PST file cannot work as expected, we should implement the first step, namely verify if the file is marked read-only or not.
Steps to Verify Whether PST File Is in Read-Only Status
- For a start, we are better off exiting Outlook properly. Go to Start Menu of your computer and click “Control Pane” in menu.
- Then in the new window of “Control Panel”, we can adjust computer’s setting. View by icons is highly suggested here, such that it will be much convenient for us to locate and click “Mail” option.
- Next in the dialog box of “Mail Setup”, we can simply click “Data Files” button to open “Account Settings” window. In “Account Settings”, we should pitch on the file and click “Open File Location” button. The interface that contains the PST file will turn up.
- Right click the file and select “Properties” in the context menu. At the bottom of “Properties” dialog box, we can see the “Read-Only” item under “General” tab. Unmark the checkbox next to “Read-Only”. Finally click “OK” to save the setting.
Recover PST files after Serious Corruption
Many people must have suffered a lot from Outlook malfunction, such as stuck emails in Outbox, missing messages, etc. Actually all these are small glitches. If Outlook is attacked by severe viruses, spyware and other harmful add-ins, Outlook data will not only be stolen but also be destroyed completely. More terribly, corruption frequently happens without any premonition. Therefore, in case of serious breakages, we should make regular backups in advance. Besides, a advanced repair tool should be kept handy ahead of time. DataNumen Outlook Repair is highly recommended due to its expertise in PST recovery.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com