As with everything related to computers, the Ms Outlook application too is quite open to flaws. While it does a great job of sending emails and collating your contact information, it data storage mechanism has a huge scope for improvement. Outlook typically uses personal storage folders or .pst files as they are commonly known for keeping a local backup of data. In case you do not use the mail client in sync with Ms Exchange server then all your data is likely to be stored in .pst files. While the format has several advantages, it is highly susceptible to corruption and a failure to load the .pst files can put your data at risk. In case you are stuck with a corrupt .pst file, you can follow the steps below to recover the contents.
Step 1: Try Opening the files from a different location
At times the .pst files may not necessarily be corrupt and it just may happen that a logical error in referencing has occurred. In such a scenario you can copy the .pst file, rename it, place it at a different location and try to open it with Outlook. In some cases you would find that your data is quite intact and you can access all your emails.
Step 2: Using Scanpst.exe
In case the first step was a failure, it is very likely that you have landed yourself with a corrupted .pst file and need to use a recovery tool. Incidentally Outlook itself installs a recovery tool call Scanpst.exe when you install Ms Office into your PC. Now finding the application is bit tricky for a novice user, however with little persistence you can discover it. Usually it is located in the Microsoft Office folder under the C drive. Incase you have installed Ms Office in another drive then you need to search that drive. Under Microsoft Office\Office13 you will find that scanpst.exe file (this specifically is for Outlook 2003). Alternately you can simply launch the application by downloading the Fix It wizard from Microsoft support site and launch scanpst.exe. Once it is initiated you need copy paste the filename along with complete path of the .pst file and start the scan process. The application will prompt you to recover corrupted files and the same get stored in a Lost or Found folder.
Step 3: Using a Specialized Outlook repair tool
While the Inbox Repair tool from Microsoft is a decent utility, it is neither convenient nor is it easy to locate. In fact most novice users tend to have a rather difficult time using the Scanpst.exe application and end up getting nowhere. Ideally one should use an easy to use tool like the remarkable DataNumen Outlook Repair program. Clubbed with a set of cutting edge features, this application effortlessly repair pst files in quick time and even works on 64 bit Windows machine. Further it can help you recover your contacts, calendar and other associated data while maintaining their integrity.
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