The Inbox Repair Tool is often not enough to recover a corrupted PST file

The mainMs Outlook application is today counted as the go to desktop mail client for any office user. Not only is it widely used by both normal office goers and average home computer users, it has become the industry standard across large organizations.

Given the fact the Outlook client has such an expansive reach, it is but natural for its developers namely the Redmond based Microsoft Corp., to keep it updated and introduce new features. It also releases regular patches to correct any flaws in the application. However there is a critical shortcoming in the software that has carried on for years. The issue relates to PST file corruption which still haunts the Ms Outlook application. A corrupted PST file can potentially make you loose all your emails and Microsoft has been long aware of this threat. Hence it ships a standard recovery program called Inbox Repair Tool with Ms Office application. The program file appears as Scanpst.exe and it is tailored to correct flaws present in the PST data file. However there may be several scenarios where the program may not work to your expectations. Let’s explore some of them.


ScanPST.exe fails to recognize a PST file

Many Outlook users have repeatedly mentioned the issue of certain PST files not getting recognized by the ScanPST.exe application. Typically it throws an error mentioning that it does not recognize the file and no information could be recovered. Such issues are normally experiences when a PST file has been extensively corrupted due to bad sectors or malware. In such a scenario you would have to take recourse to third party recovery application.


Even after you have run a scan, Outlook mentions PST errors when the application is launched

In some cases, a scan done by Inbox Repair Tool may seem to be successful but when you launch the Outlook application, PST error messages are still displayed. This typically happens when ScanPST.exe fails in detecting certain tricky errors and simply skips them. Again the only solution to this issue lies in using a proficient third party recovery tool.


Backup and Recovery should form two integral parts of your contingency plan

An Outlook business user should always make it a point to consider both a backup plan and a recovery plan. Making regular backups of your emails would ensure that you always have most of your data available under any situation. In contrast a recovery plan would give you a fighting chance to get back all the data stored in the Outlook application and all its related settings. Ideally you should use a powerful outlook recovery tool like DataNumen Outlook Repair to get back all the information and templates stored in the application. The application is also capable of digging out data from a corrupted file stored in a Nero Image file or a virtual disk without breaking a sweat. Moreover the tool can be used on a PST file created by nearly every version of the Outlook application.


Author Introduction:

Alan Chen is President & Chairman of DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit

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