PST File Corruption Catches Fire among MS Outlook Users, Get an Instant Repair

There are various reasons by which our Outlook PST file may get corrupt. When a PST file get corrupts, a user have to face several data loss. But we can repair our corrupted PST file.

While making a decision about switching to another email system or deploying a new, Microsoft Outlook occupies the top position. MS Outlook, a smart application, is designed to offer a flexible platform to facilitate information exchange to the peak of simplicity. In collaboration with the Exchange Server, it makes emailing an easy task. Moreover, other email accounts, such as Gmail, Yahoo etc., can also be configured in MS Outlook; in this case, an Outlook data file (PST) is created.

PST (Personal Storage Table) is a Personal Folders file that consists of the whole Outlook data and is stored locally on the computer with '.pst' file extension. The post solely focuses on PST file, its drawback, and the procedure to get a handle on the problems users encounter with PST. Let's take a look.

PST files are assuredly great, enabling users to access data in some destructive situations. Here, the term 'destructive' conveys half of the story of PST files. As mentioned above that PST files have drawbacks linked with them, it has been one of the hottest topics for last few years.

Primarily, the size limit of PST creates a bar for users to use the file. Not really interesting! Microsoft allows a maximum file-size limit of 2 GB for PST file in Outlook 2002 and its ancestors. Although in MS Outlook 2003-2007 and Outlook 2010, the defined PST size limit is 20 GB and 50 GB respectively, yet it is not a satisfactory figure, at least for organizations where the data adds a number of GBs every day. The disaster comes when this prescribed limit is crossed and the file gets corrupt, a crystal clear indication of data loss.

Furthermore, the file has not attributed the corruption to 'size limit' only, some other causes also catch on for accelerating corruption in PST file. The additional causes include virus infection, file header corruption, software malfunctioning, Outlook termination, abnormal system shutdown, to name a few.

Naturally, when it comes to data loss, a user has a great desire to get the data at any cost. The good news is Microsoft offers a utility 'Inbox Repair Tool' built into Outlook. The tool is dedicated to repair the corrupt PST file. Below is how to get hands on it, get to know:

• Close MS Outlook.
• Click 'Start' on your Windows computer.
• Click 'Find' or 'Search'.
• Type scanpst.exe in the box 'Search for files or folders named'.
• Once the file is displayed, double-click it to run the tool.
• You can type the name and path of the affected PST (Personal folders file) or just click on 'Browse' to select the corrupt file.
• Click 'Start'.

Now, the recovered folders are visible in the left pane of Outlook. Next, you need to transfer the recovered folders to a new PST file, which can be done easily. Now, let's talk about what scanpst.exe cannot do:

• It fails to repair severely corrupt PST.
• Due to some issues, the utility itself is susceptible to get corrupt.

In such cases, it is advised to use a commercial Outlook PST recovery software application.

Outlook PST recovery software application.

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