2 Simple Ways to Repair Corrupt Outlook PST Files
Why PST files are so important? They are important because they represent the centralized place for data and email storage. All the information pertaining to your Outlook Express emails, contacts, personal folders, calendars etc., is stored in the Outlook PST file. What you may not realize though is that PST files are susceptible to several different types of problems. Sometimes they may reach critical size (over 2gb) or become simply corrupted. The trouble with PST files is that they are notoriously unstable; they are easily corrupted, and the larger they get the more likely data will be lost.
When PST Files Become Damaged or Corrupt…
When your Outlook PST files are damaged or corrupt due to various reasons and you can’t open them in Microsoft Outlook, you can use either the Inbox Repair Tool or third party applications to scan the PST files and recover the data from these files.
Using the Inbox Repair Tool to Fix PST
Microsoft does provide a utility called the Inbox Repair Tool that you can use to recover data from a corrupted PST file. However, the Inbox Repair Tool (or Scanpst) isn’t always able to recover all of the lost data. The Inbox Repair Tool works by rewriting the PST file’s header information, and then deleting anything within the file that it fails to understand. So, if a PST file has become corrupt because the file’s header is damaged, then the Inbox Repair Tool won’t have trouble recovering the entire file. However, if more than just the header is damaged or corrupt – you need another tool to fix your PST file.
Corrupt PST File Repair
A powerful tool to repair and recover corrupt Microsoft Outlook PST files when the Inbox Repair Tool can’t is Stellar Outlook Repair. This tool will quickly recover your emails and other Outlook items from your corrupt PST file. This means all your objects & items in Microsoft Outlook such as email with attachments, journals, contacts, calendars, tasks, notes, drafts, calendar etc., can be easily recovered.
This PST repair software tool creates a tree like structure and presents separate folders for of all emails, deleted Items and for other items. The Stellar Outlook repair tool then transfers the repaired PST file to your Microsoft Outlook. This tool is available to download as a free trial so you can easily see is these are recovery possibilities in your corruption case.
Error Messages Indicating Critical Problems:
Below are examples of error messages that indicate your PST file is probably corrupt:
“Outlook.pst can not be accessed – 0x80040116”
“An unknown error has occurred. 0x80040119”
“An unknown error has occurred. 0x80040600”
All the information pertaining to your Outlook Express emails, contacts, personal folders, calendars etc., is stored in the Outlook PST file. When the PST file becomes damaged or corrupt, you have two options – either to use the Microsoft Inbox Repair Tool or if that doesn’t work, third party software such as Stellar Outlook Repair.