Recover Outlook PST

Rescue Microsoft Outlook PST data on Windows

Microsoft Outlook is an email client used by many organizations as a Personal Information Manager to manage emails and other Outlook attributes such as contacts, notes, tasks, appointments, calendar, RSS feeds, etc.  It can work with Microsoft Exchange Server or can be used as a stand-alone application. Different versions of Outlook available are Outlook 2000, Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. To manage emails and other attributes, Outlook stores all the data in a database file with .pst as an extension. This pst file gets stored in hard drive and stores all data related to Outlook user profiles. Any damage or corruption to PST file might lead to data loss. In such a scenario, we have to use an effective repair tool to fix corrupt PST file. Visit at to get more info related to PST file corruption.


Some of the reasons due to which our emails can be lost or become inaccessible:


  • pst file might get corruption when its size exceeds the size of 2GB, in case of Outlook 2000 and 50GB in case of Outlook 2010.
  • Loss of emails due to anti-virus scan of incoming and outgoing emails.
  • Emails might become inaccessible when a user tries to attach a large size of data while sending email to many people.
  • Storing huge number of emails in Inbox or sent folder, sometimes, results in PST file corruption.
  • pst file might get corrupted when it is used over a shared network.
  • When a user upgrades Outlook from one version to other, PST file can be damaged, thus making our emails inaccessible.


To repair PST file on Windows, Microsoft Outlook comes equipped with an Inbox Repair Tool called scanpst.exe; this utility reads from the header of PST file and rebuilds only its header. But scanpst.exe is not much powerful to fix PST file in many cases such as when PST file is oversized or in the case when we deleted some emails accidentally and want to undelete them, we cannot restore deleted emails using this scanpst.exe tool. So, to overcome the limitations of scanpst.exe tool, we need a powerful inbox repair tool to fix Outlook 2010 PST on Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2008 and 2003 with utmost ease.


One such tool to fix PST file is Repair Outlook(.pst) which makes use of extensive algorithms to scan the PST file and fix it. The main advantage of using Repair Outlook(.pst) is that it only reads from the original pst file without making any changes to it and create a new repaired pst file, so there are no chances of further damage to the source PST file . It generates fixed PST file in Outlook 2003-2010 format for easy import of emails and other Outlook attributes back to the Outlook. During the debugging process, this repair tool also retrieve deleted folders in Outlook and all the other attributes, using one of its two scanning methods – “Smart Scan” method, the other one being “Normal Scan”. User can comfortably use this software to rescue lost Outlook contacts in just few clicks of mouse, if they are lost due to PST file corruption.

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Steps to repair damaged or corrupt PST file using Repair Outlook(pst):


Step 1: Download the software and install it on your hard drive. When you launch the software by double-clicking the software icon from the desktop or from the Start menu, its main window will appear as shown in Figure A. The software comes equipped with three options to browse the location of PST file. You can select the “OPEN PST FILE” option if you know the correct location of your PST file; otherwise, use the “FIND pst FILE” option, so the software will find the PST file for you. “SELECT OUTLOOK PROFILE” option is to select the PST file based on the profile.

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Figure A : Main Window


Step 2: Select "OPEN pst File" option from the Main window. From the new window, select the pst file from which deleted emails have to be recovered, using the "Browse" button, and click on "Next" as shown in Figure B.


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Figure B : Select pst File


Note: If you click the "Find pst File" option, select the logical drive on which the pst file is located and search for it. If you have clicked on the "Select Outlook Profile" option, select the appropriate Outlook profile from the ones listed and recover deleted emails from the pst file.


Step 3: A new window is displayed, where you have the option to select the scan type and the destination path to save the recovered pst file. Select the "Normal Scan" option, specify the destination path and click on "Repair" as shown in Figure C. You can also make use of the "Smart Scan" option if the pst file has been damaged extensively.


Recover Outlook pst on Windows - Select Scan method and destination drive

Figure C : Select Scan Option and Destination Path


Step 4: After the accomplishment of repairing process, a new window will appear as shown in Figure D, which will display the confirmation message of pst file being repaired successfully, the number of items recovered and the list of recovered emails and other Outlook attributes in an Outlook-styled interface, which makes the import of items back to Outlook very easy.


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Figure D : View Recovered Outlook Data


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