Corrupt PST File

Different type of PST files and the corruption issues related to them

MS Outlook, being the most easy-to-use and user-friendly email clients is quite popular amongst the organizations and individuals. It stores its emails and other data items in PST (Personal Storage Table) file. Basically, there are two types of PST files - ANSI and Unicode. The PST files created using Outlook 2003 and earlier versions are of ANSI format while those created using Outlook 2007 and later versions are of Unicode format.

There exist a lot of issues which might lead to corruption of these crucial PST files. Some errors occur due to issues of computer system like bad sectors in hard disk, abrupt system shutdown, power failure, virus invasion, storage media malfunction while some takes place due to Outlook issues such as sudden cancellation of Outlook, PST file size limit or PST header corruption. The errors which are popped up when PST corruption occurs are:

  • Outlook.pst file can't be found
  • Outlook PST could not be accessed
  • An unknown error has occurred- 0x80040119
  • An unknown error has occurred. 0x80040600

Now, since the PST files store the important emails and other data items, the loss of data resulting from corruption becomes unaffordable for the user.

How to restore PST file data?

To recover the data items from corrupt PST file, a PST file repair tool is required. Microsoft has made available such a tool called Inbox Repair tool or SCANPST.exe, which is installed along with the MS Office package. To find its location you can go to Start- > Search and type Scanpst.exe. Now, to recover the data items from corrupt Outlook PST file, follow the steps underneath:

  1. Double-click on Scanpst.exe to open it.
  2. In the Inbox repair tool window, click Browse button to locate the corrupt PST file.
  3. Click on Start button to initiate the scan process.
  4. Now, after the scanning process is finished, click Browse to provide location for the new repaired file.
  5. Click Repair button to repair the file that is just scanned.
  6. After the file gets repaired, ‘Repair complete’ message is displayed.

Although, this tool proves to be of help but at some instances it does not recover the data accurately. That is, sometimes the scanpst.exe tool does not report any sort of issue/error in the corrupt PST file but when it is tried to open in MS Outlook the file gets fail to open. Numerous other issues similar to this are encountered with Inbox repair tool.

Yet another solution to repair the corrupt Outlook PST file is by using a commercial PST repair tool. Kernel for Outlook PST Repair is an efficacious utility that helps the user to restore the corrupt, lost and damaged data items from the PST file. It is embedded with effective algorithms that ensure accurate, quick and easy recovery of PST mailbox data items.

Commendable Features of Outlook PST Repair Software:
  • Apt tool to repair corrupt and damaged PST file
  • Restores the data items such as emails, attachments, calendars, journals, notes, contacts, drafts, tasks, etc. from PST mailbox precisely
  • Recovers data items without any limitation of PST file size
  • Delivers the recovered files in many of the available file formats like MBOX, PST, IMAP, TXT, RTF, HTML, MHTML, PDF, EML, DBX, and MSG
  • Enables to restore even the deleted data items from PST mailbox
  • Preserve your recovered email items by storing them on Web based email applications, such as Hotmail, Gmail, AOL, Live Mail, Yahoo, Google Apps,Outlook, and iCloud
  • Easily handles the issues like broken PST file that got corrupted due to 2 GB file size limitation and PST file header corruption
  • Enhanced with outstanding storage facility, which enables the export of recovered files to the email servers like Office 365, MS Exchange Server, Novell GroupWise, and IBM Domino.
  • Compatible with the latest MS Outlook 2016 and Windows 10 OS
  • Available for free download
  • Round the clock technical support

Get acquainted with the features and functionality of Kernel for Outlook PST Repair software by downloading its free evaluation version. It enables the user to repair the corrupt PST mailbox data items and displays the result in a hierarchical structure from where a preview of every email can be obtained. The saving capability of trial version is 25 items per folder. But in order to save an uncountable number of recovered items, you need to purchase the licensed version.

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The file xxxx.pst is not a personal folders file Tony Phitt . 23rd Sep 2016 . 1 Reply

You have got this error message due to PST file corruption, you can use Scanpst.exe tool to fix PST errors. There are numerous third party Outlook PST repair software available on Web that can help you to repair corrupt PST file. You can also try one of them to solve your issues.

Garry Hills . 30th Sep 2016
How can I resolve Outlook error 0x8004010F ? Harry Pitt . 8th Sep 2016 . 1 Reply

When a user tries to synchronize OST file on Exchange Server, then this "0x8004010F"error occurs in the Sync Issues folder. To get rid of this situation, you can use OST to PST conversion software.

Jim Carry . 16th Sep 2016
How to configure POP3 account in MS outlook? Ben Stokes . 22nd Apr 2015 . 1 Reply

POP – Post Office Protocol is one of the most popular email account types on internet. It’s standard protocol for receiving emails. POP3 is its last upgraded version. POP was first introduced in 1984 allowing email access on a remote server. Its last version POP3 was released in 1988.

In simple words, you check your mailbox using any email client (MS Outlook, Outlook Express, Outlook for Mac, GroupWise, Eudora, Gmail, Yahoo mail etc.) on internet server. Any email you receive is first received by the internet server. And when you download an email to read, you do it through POP or IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) account. IMAP and POP have similar functionality.

POP is a mail server which simply allows you to download email messages from your email client to your computer so that you can access you emails even when you are not connected to the internet. It usually deletes the email from the server after you download it on your computer.

The important point that you need to look upon is the fact that before you start using an email client, you need to configure it. While configuring, you need to specify the type of email server that your email client uses. It’s either POP or IMAP. IMAP is mostly used by web-based email client such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo mail etc. as it allows you to manage your mailbox data online. It’s a little more complex than POP.

POP is still widely preferred. You need to ask your internet service provider whether your email client uses POP or IMAP server or you can check it by yourself. You’ll need to enter correct POP server address while configuring your email client. POP server address usually looks like ‘’. In this article, you particularly learn how to configure POP3 account in Microsoft Outlook 2013.

Configure MS Outlook POP3 Account

You need to perform certain steps to configure your MS Outlook POP3 account correctly. Here are the steps to configure POP3 account in MS Outlook 2013. Although, the other versions of Microsoft Outlook too have almost similar steps:

1. Open MS Outlook on your system
2. Go to File tab
3. Click Add Account button
4. Select Manual setup or additional server types and click Next

5. Select POP or IMAP and click Next

6. After clicking Next, enter all details correctly as given in the screenshot given below (You can get your POP server address and other details from your ISP – Internet Service Provider)
7. Select POP3 in Account Type

8. After filling all details, click More Settings on the same window
9. Click on Outgoing Server tab
10. Check My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication and click OK
11. Click Next
12. If you’ve performed all steps correctly, you’ll get the following screen. Click Finish to end the process

You’ve successfully configured your POP3 account in MS Outlook 2013. If you face any message in the end saying ‘account cannot be setup’, contact your internet service provider to cross-check all details.

No upgraded version of POP has been released after the introduction of POP3 in 1988. But it’s still widely preferred.  There are various advantages and disadvantages of using POP3. Let’s have a look.

Advantages of using POP3

  • Allows to read emails without using internet connection
  • Supported by almost all available email clients, which makes it a standard way of accessing and downloading emails to computer
  • Opening large attachments is an easy process as they are already downloaded to your system 
  • Allows easy process of sending or receiving email of any size
  • One can compose a new mail without using internet. It remains in Outlook folder of mailbox, and so one can also edit it and attach various properties like date and time.

IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) was first developed in 1986 is an alternative to POP. It’s little more advanced than POP. You can synchronize multiple devices to access your emails which means, when you perform an action on one device, the same will be reflected on other devices as well. This facility is not available in POP.

Admin . 22nd Apr 2015

Scanpst.exe tool can help to retrieving emails from corrupted outlook .PST. The tool can be found in drive:Program FilesMicrosoft Office.

Apart I recommend you 3rd party tool if Scanpst.exe tool doesn't work properly then you can take help of Kernel for Outlook PST Repair tool.

Mercy Paul . 17th Nov 2014
How to repair password-protected outlook pst file Nellu John . 27th Oct 2014 . 1 Reply

Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) is an inbuilt tool of Microsoft. When you want to recovering data from corrupted password-protected outlook pst then can take help of this free Inbox Repair Tool. An another way to repair outlook pst, you can try 3rd party outlook pst repair tool such as Kernel for PST Repair.

Tiger Jackie . 27th Oct 2014

Inbox Repair tool is an inbuilt tool of Microsoft made to repair corrupt PST. It can be started with "scanpst.exe". The location of file may vary in different versions of MS Outlook

Below mentioned is the location of scanpst.exe in various versions of MS Outlook:

In Outlook 2013

32-bit Windows :    C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice15
64-bit Windows :    C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice15

In Outlook 2010

32-bit Windows :   C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice14
64-bit Windows :   C:Program FilesMicrosoft Office(x86)Office14

After starting Inbox Repair tool, select the path and the file name of personal folders (.pst) file and then click to Start and repair PST.

Niles Paul . 26th Sep 2014

MS Outlook stores emails in PST format that is Personal Storage Table. Any damage in the MS Outlook could lead to plethora of errors or data loss. Such as, due to Outlook installation error, application files deletion, or PST large size error, user loses all data unexpectedly. There are times when user fails to open his mailbox even after trying several times. When PST file is damaged, user may confront the following error:

Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window.

The aforementioned error occurs every time you try to open the Outlook. Under such situations, either you must be ready with a backup that can be used or you need to solve entire issue manually.
Why does the problem occur?

The error occurs when the Outlook Navigation Pane that stores Outlook settings gets damaged. The file is known by the name “abc.xml”. Here, “abc” is the name of the Outlook profile. This file is stored in different storage locations depending on the Windows operating system. The size of the file becomes “0” when it is damaged. The aforesaid error could also appear due to PST file damage.


One can perform manual PST repair. If the corruption is in Navigation Pane of Outlook, then follow the steps below to repair it:

  • Click the Start button and select Run.
  • Enter 'Outlook.exe /resetnavpane' command.
  • Click OK button.
  • Use Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) utility to check integrity of PST file and repair corruption.

While running Inbox Repair tool, remember to close MS Outlook first. After starting the Inbox Repair tool, type the path and the file name of your personal folders (.pst) file or click Browse to locate the file by using the Windows file system, and then click Start. Although Inbox Repair Tool repairs the damaged PST file, it does not ensure complete recovery always. When the PST file items are permanently deleted, ScanPST.exe fails to retrieve it. However, once the contents are repaired, you must create a new PST and copy everything. Here is how to create a new PST file for saving the recovered items in Outlook 2007.

  • On the File menu, click Data File Management.
  • Click Add to open the New Outlook Data File dialog box.
  • In the Types of storage dialog box, click to select Office Outlook PST and click OK.
  • In the Create or Open Outlook Data File dialog box, select the location and a file name for your new Personal Folders (.pst) file, and then click OK.
  • Click OK.

Now, check for the new PST file in your profile.
Manual repair methods require certain technical expertise and a lot of time in hand. When performing multiple PST file recovery, user might take ages. Additionally, there is no guarantee if you will repair everything even after spending so much time on it. Hence, third party Kernel for Outlook PST Repair is preferred. Easy to use, interactive and embedded with excellent set of features, the Kernel for Outlook PST Repair software readily recovers entire PST file and saves the recovered items in PST, MSG or EML file format to the required location. The software is also available in free trial version for the user to check its features before purchase.

Admin . 15th Sep 2014

Almost, every organization exchange information through email communication and most of them use MS Outlook email application. It is a professional and reliable email client and stores entire email data in the form of PST file. As PST file stores complete Outlook data, they play very significant role in overall email communication process. Unfortunately, when any internal or external factors affect PST integrity then users face many problems. In such cases, MS Outlook behaves in an unexpected manner and you become unable to access your email items.

Facing various PST file errors make situation very miserable. When you make any attempt to open your Outlook mailbox; it shows the error messages like:

“Errors have been detected in file ‘file path” or “Unable to expand the folder”

Obviously, facing such error message is always very annoying. Your entire email communications data stored in inaccessible PST file that may further undergo permanent data lose so it is necessary to recover PST files as soon as possible. In fact, any organization cannot afford Outlook PST data disaster condition so every possible error must be fixed quickly.

In order to fix such PST file corruption errors and issues, Microsoft itself has provided an inbuilt utility called as scanpst.exe (Inbox repair tool). Before using this utility, you must be aware about its reliability and other performance. It is located at drive:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice12. Before beginning PST scanning with this tool, you should create a backup copy of your current PST file if it is possible because your some data may get lose after completing scanning process. Unluckily, there are some limitations with this utility.

Limitations of Inbox repair tool (scanpst.exe): 

  • The Scanpst.exe utility can fix only the minor errors of the Outlook PST file. 
  • In case of fixing issues of large size PST file, scanpst.exe utility collapses as it is not much capable to repair it.
  • Many times, users face irritating messages like “it fails to scan errors and reports no error in the PST file” but Outlook keeps complaining about errors.
  • Scapst.exe utility cannot recover the complete PST file data because it loses some part of the data during recovery process. 
  • It is unable to tackle severe error like “Errors have been detected in file ‘file path”. 

Because of such limitations, there is much possibility that you have no expected result of Outlook PST recovery. In such situation you have limited option to access your Outlook data and the use of a third party tool is the best among them. If you are searching a professional PST recovery tool then you should look for Kernel for Outlook PST repair. It is much capable to fix your Outlook PST issues and restore PST file without affecting their integrity.

Marry Jon . 9th Sep 2014
How I can resolve Outlook Error 0x80042108? Cristen Stapp . 3rd Sep 2014 . 1 Reply

That is the most common error in Outlook. This Error occurs in many situations such as while launching Outlook, sending and receiving emails, storing data on PST file etc. To overcome this error you can try free tools like Inbox repair tool, It it will not able to solve your problem then you can try any third party solution such as Kernel for Outlook PST. It is the most simple and secure PST Repair software.

Garry Winogrand . 5th Sep 2014
Corrupt MS Outlook 2010 PST file? Lena Headey . 20th Aug 2014 . 1 Reply

There are many Outlook PST Recovery software available but you can try Kernel for Outlook PST Repair which can work against all the corruption issues of Outlook. It will recover your all corrupted or deleted items such as notes, journals, tasks, calendar items, contacts, attachments etc in few clicks.

Jami Gertz . 1st Sep 2014