Repairing a corrupted .PST file

The last few weeks, I’ve been having some trouble with Outlook. Sometimes it wouldn’t start or quit completely. I kept thinking it had something to do with a plug-in, but couldn’t quite nail it down.

The other day, I pulled up an email from a couple of weeks ago that I could have sworn had a file attached, only to find nothing attached to the message. Hmmm….strange. Then it happened again yesterday. I ended up having to get the attachment from Gmail (I forward all my mail to a Gmail account and use that as my webmail and email backup). This morning it happened again. I couldn’t find any consistent reason why some messages were losing their attachments and others weren’t.

A quick Google found this page, which pointed out a utility that I didn’t know existed: scanpst.exe. Microsoft includes this little bundle of joy with Office for just such occasions. On my computer, I found it here: C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033\ Simply point it to the PST file you want it to scan and wait. It took 3 passes, but finally the utility reported no errors on the .PST file in question. I reopened Outlook again and voila! all the missing attachments are back where they belong.

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3 thoughts on “Repairing a corrupted .PST file

  1. Alex says:

    In this situation recommend use this utility-view pst file,which to my mind is freeware,also it has many other features,program can help to restore a mailbox,stored on Microsoft Exchange Server or a file with *.pst extension,tool belongs to programs that view .pst,it will process any file,it is safe to work even with damaged files,will perform necessary actions, you can see a preview window,that shows recovered folder tree and emails in a preview mode,can convert your file to a file with *.pst extension, that follows the original structure,viewing pst files without Outlook is not usually needed on a regular basis.

  2. zlatan24 says:

    For solve problems with mails,advise try-pst repair utility,it has many possibilities and as is known it is free,software extract data from corrupted files with *.pst or *.ost extension,will be prompted to choose a file to be repaired, it may be files in *.ost or *.pst format,tool will decrypt the input file and attempt to extract all data, that is located inside,extract data safely, even if your *.ost file is infected, however, antivirus software should be installed on your PC,save recovered data, first of all, you can convert it to a *.pst file, that can be opened by any email client, compatible with Microsoft Outlook,also extract a great number of files in *.eml,*.vcf and *.txt formats,may help us to improve these Microsoft Outlook pst repair tools.

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