Effective Ways to Repair Corrupt Outlook PST File

There is no denying to the fact that Outlook PST files are prone to corruption. Virus infection, abrupt system shut down, improper closing of Outlook, and oversized PST are some of the major causes of corruption of Outlook PST file. Since the corruption of PST file causes complete inaccessibility of all the data stored in it, careful and smart working is always needed by a user in order to avoid its corruption. 


However, they should not panic even in that situation because there are methods available to repair corrupt Outlook PST file and restore its invaluable data. These methods are:


Inbox Repair Tool: 'Inbox Repair Tool' is an inbuilt utility of Outlook that analyzes the PST file for errors related to corruption of its directory structure and item headers. After that, it tries to rectify the errors found without modifying your original data. Moreover, it creates a backup copy of your PST file before you start its recovery with this tool. The inbox repair tool is installed with the installation of your Outlook as ‘Scanpst.exe’. Following are the steps to use this utility for repairing your PST file:


  • Quit MS Outlook, if it is running.
  • Find out your scanpst.exe file at ‘drive:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\LocaleID’. Here, the LocalID is the locale identifier (LCID) for MS Office installation. 
  • In the box displaying ‘Enter the name of the file that you want to scan’, enter the name of your PST file. You can click ‘Browse’ to look for this file.
  • For specifying the scan log option, click ‘Options’, and then select the option that you want. 
  • Click ‘Start’.
  • The scanning starts and you will get the error message, if found during the scan. The tool will prompt you to start the repair process.
  • After that, click ‘Repair’.
  • Start Outlook by using the profile that contains the .PST file.
  • Click ‘Folder List’ on the ‘Go’ menu.


Generally, in the ‘Folder List’, the ‘Lost and Found’ folder contains the items and the folders recovered by the ‘Inbox Repair’ tool. Therefore, the items that are not available in the ‘Lost and Found’ folder cannot be recovered.


  • If you see the ‘Recovered Personal Folder’, then you can create a new PST file and easily drag the items from the ‘Lost and Found’ folder to this new PST file. 


However, if this process does not solve your problem, then you can use professional PST repair software. 


Professional PST Repair Software: Reliable PST repair tool repairs your corrupt PST file and recovers all the data stored in it. The simple intuitive user interface of the software enables you to repair your corrupt Outlook PST file easily. Therefore, you need not worry in the cases where the Inbox Repair tool fails to do any needful to you, as reliable commercial software recovers your data even then.


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