Microsoft Outlook saves the emails, contacts, calendars, events, and other mailbox items in Personal Storage Table (PST) format. Sometimes, the PST file gets broken or corrupted due to large file size, abrupt system shutdown, crashing of Windows, incorrect closing of Outlook, virus infection, and various other reasons. When the PST file gets corrupted, you can use Scanpst.exe (Inbox Repair Tool) to repair the PST file. But, sometimes, the Inbox Repair tool can fail to repair the broken or corrupted PST file. In such a case, you can use other methods to repair the PST.
Below, we’ll be discussing the stepwise process to fix the corrupted PST file with Scanpst.exe. Also, we’ll be mentioning some methods to repair the file without Scanpst.exe.
Scanpst.exe is an inbuilt Inbox Repair Tool provided by Microsoft to scan and repair damaged or corrupted PST files. Let’s look at the steps to repair the PST file with this tool:
Once the Scanpst.exe is found, launch it. Click Browse to select the PST file and click Scan to initiate the scanning process. The time of the scanning process depends on the level of corruption and file size. When the scanning process gets completed, errors will be displayed. Click on Details to check further.
After completion of the scanning process, click Repair to start the repair process. A message will pop up on the screen after the successful recovery of the PST file. Click OK to finish the repair process. If the corruption level is low, the PST file will be recovered easily. If the corruption is severe, the tool may freeze or even fail to repair the file.
Sometimes, this utility fails to repair the PST files. Below are the scenarios when Scanpst.exe does not work:
If Scanpst.exe utility fails to repair the broken Outlook PST files, you can follow the below solutions to repair the PST file and recover the data.
You can create a new PST file and try to copy the items from the corrupt PST to the new file. This workaround will help you to recover the data from the corrupt PST file. However, this workaround will only work if you’re able to open the old (corrupt) PST file in Outlook. Follow the below steps to create a new PST file and copy the contents of the old file.
Note: Take a backup of the PST file before proceeding.
Once the copying process is complete, set the newly created PST file as default.
Now, right-click the root folder of the old PST file and choose “Close <folder name>” to disconnect the old PST file from Outlook.
If the above solutions fail to repair the broken or corrupt PST file, then you can use a professional PST repair tool, one of the best tool is Stellar Repair for Outlook. It is an efficient tool that can repair the PST file, recover all the data from damaged PST file, and save it in a new PST file. This can easily repair severely corrupted PST files, without any file size limitations.
Follow the below-mentioned steps to repair the broken Outlook PST file using this tool:
Step 1: Launch Stellar Repair for Outlook.
Step 2: Select the corrupted PST file and click Repair to start the repairing process. All the PST data will be scanned and repaired. After scan, it provides a preview of the entire PST data.
Step 3: You can preview the file components and also search for any specific email, calendar entry, and contacts.
Step 4: Click Save to save the data of repaired PST file. The file can be saved in multiple formats. You can choose the preferred format, specify the location to save the file, and click OK.
A broken or corrupt Outlook PST file can lead to various issues in Outlook. You can use the Scanpst.exe utility in Outlook to repair the corrupt PST file. However, there are several limitations of the Scanpst.exe tool. To overcome the limitations of this utility, you can use a professional PST repair tool, like Stellar Repair for Outlook. This tool can easily repair and recover the broken or corrupt Outlook PST file without any file size limitation. Also, it can also recover accidentally or permanently deleted emails from PST.