6 Solutions to “This Personal Folders file (.pst) is already in use in the current profile” Error

When you try to import a PST file, you are likely to receive an error message – “This Personal Folders file (.pst) is already in use in the current profile”. This article will offer you 6 effective solutions to this error.

Multiple reasons can lead to the error “This Personal Folders file (.pst) is already in use in the current profile”, such as name conflicts, read-only attributes of the PST file, incorrect location and corrupted file and so on. On basis of the different causes, here are the corresponding approaches to this error.Personal Folders file

1. Check If There Are Name Conflicts

In the first place, you need to check if the name of the imported Personal Folders file is the same as the existing PST file. If so, rename it. Afterwards, you can try to import it again. However, if the import fails as well, or even the name is different originally, you should consider the other causes.

2. Verify Whether the PST File is Read-Only

The additional reason may be that the Personal Folders file is in read-only status. If the PST file is in a CD or DVD, the PST file is absolutely read only. Thus before accessing the file, you should cancel the read-only of the PST file.

  1. Right click on the PST file and select “properties” form the context menu.
  2. Then in the new popup dialog box, you can deselect “Read-only” option.Verify Whether the PST File is Read-Only
  3. Next close the dialog box.
  4. Finally start Outlook and import the PST file again.

Provided that the read-only is not selected primitively, or the error persists when importing, you should try another method.

3. Relocate the Default PST File

Apart from the above two causes, if the path to default PST file is incorrect, the error can occur to Outlook too. Thus you ought to relocate the original PST file.

  1. Go to “File” menu and click “Account Settings” button.
  2. Then in the new window, head to “Data File” and pitch on the default file.
  3. Next hit “Open File Location” button.Open File Location
  4. Finally in the subsequent window, you can check if the PST file is located there. If not, searching its name in Windows Explorer to find it and re-add it to Outlook.

After relocating the original PST file, if the error persists when importing, you have to try another method to access the file.

4. Open the PST File Rather than Import

Virtually it is not suggested to import a PST file, due to the fact that in the process, the profile will get corrupted, or some data will be lost, such as custom views, forms and so on. Thus you can utilize “Open Outlook Data File” instead.

  1. At the outset, go to “File” menu and select “Open”.
  2. Then click on “Open Outlook Data File” button, which will open a window.Open the PST File Rather than Import
  3. Eventually you need to select the target PST file next and click “Open” button.

Supposing all of the above methods cannot succeed, there are great chances that the PST file is damaged. You are required to repair it.

5. Utilize Scanpst.exe to Repair the PST File

Due to multiple Outlook errors, Microsoft developers have designed an inbox repair tool for users. Therefore, you can use this tool to repair the PST file. It is usually hidden deeply. But you can easily locate it via searching in Explorer. After running it, hit “Browse” button to choose the file and “start” button to scan it. In the final screen, click “Repair” button to begin repair.Utilize Scanpst.exe to Repair the PST File

6. Opt for a More Venerable Repair Tool

To be honest, although Scanpst.exe is free of charge, it cannot make great effects when repairing severely damaged PST file. Hence it is essential to keep a more credible repair tool nearby, like DataNumen Outlook Repair. This tool can scan and minimize the corruption and give back a near perfect PST file.

Author Introduction:

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

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