What is Outlook Data File (.pst)?
Outlook data file is a database / catalog file which contains information of all stored messages, reminders, contacts, tasks, notes and journal information etc. on a computer and saved into two file formats as PST (personal storage table) and OST (offline storage table). PST file format is the most commonly used information saver on all accounts. Normally, there are three types of protocols used by people for retrieving and sending mails such as Post Office Protocol-3, Internet Message Access Protocol and SMTP.
What does Corrupted / Damaged PST means?
(.pst) is usually located under, Logical drive: \user\program files\Microsoft\Outlook. You can archive all the mails, reminders etc. to Outlook data file (.pst) and it is not subjected to mailbox size limits on mail server. By doing this you can free your mailbox space. But, the chances for the corruption of PST files get increased due to this archiving especially if you try to access PST file from network location. This leads to complete loss of all the items from that PST.
What are the Reasons Behind the Corruption of PST?
PST might get damage if you terminate or close the Outlook program oddly while it is still operating, resulting in unsaved PST files and it may not be accessible the next time when you open Outlook. Sometimes your Outlook application may get fail to open after updating which results in corrupting the PST file. Also stock pill capacity of PST file varies for different Outlook versions and if data on it exceeds more than its prescribed storage, its leads to corruption of PST.
Some of the other reasons like a bad sector located on the PST stored area, operating system corruption, hard disk failure, abrupt system shutdown etc. can also damage the PST file.
How to avoid Corruption of PST File?
- Cultivate the habit of taking regular backup of PST file and store in on a safer place.
- Never access the PST file from a network without proper checking.
- Use only authorized recovery tool in the case of lost PST file.
- Do not interrupt a backup process in the middle of it.
How to Repair Outlook PST file?
The inbuilt tool of the Outlook,“Scanpst.exe” is intended to fix the damaged PST file. But the tool works on only specific corruption issues and in most cases, it reports that the damaged file is healthy. In such cases, it can be only fixed using a professional “Outlook PST repair” application.
What are the Features of Outlook PST Fixer?
Safety of the source file first by, copying the original file contents from source so that your corrupted PST source file would not be corrupted further. Then it will repair that extracted contents and paste it into a new file. Outlook PST repair utility supports all versions of Microsoft Outlook like Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2003, Outlook 2000, Outlook 2013 etc. Apart for that repair outlook PST repairs Password protected files and compressed PST files. With this tool, you can recover the email messages which are deleted from “Deleted items” folder too.