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, virus invasion, power failure, abrupt system shutdown, 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 software. 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, journals, contacts, notes, calendars, 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, HTML, MHTML, PDF, EML, RTF, 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 Gmail, Live Mail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Google Apps, AOL, 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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Why scanpst.exe alternatives? Chris Keck . 27th Sep 2017 . 1 Reply

I think scanpst.exe has many limitations. You can refer to

Johann Rain . 5th Oct 2017
Splitting corrupt PST file Fradian Fradian . 21st Sep 2017 . 0 Reply
I always have one or other issue with my Outlook. What to do? Walstan Walstan . 15th Sep 2017 . 2 Reply
Jack Jack . 13th Oct 2017
Unable to open and access Outlook PST files. Hedly Smith . 17th Feb 2017 . 1 Reply

You can get the help of Scanpst.exe tool of MS Outlook, but Inbox it can repair only the header part and low level damage of the Outlook PST file. To repair highly damaged PST files, you should try a third party Outlook PST repair tool.

Lacina Philip . 28th Feb 2017
Charlie Charlie . 18th Oct 2017
How can fix MS Outlook "Error 0x80070570"? Robert Johans . 18th Nov 2016 . 1 Reply

It is a very common error of Windows computer system. This error code will appear if Microsoft updates are setup on a computer or when some deleted files are still on the computer but Windows cannot read them. To get rid of this situation, try to fix Windows bad sectors. Now, with the help of Scanpst.exe tool, you can fix corrupted PST files. You can also use any third party Outlook PST repair software to solve PST corruption issues.

Martin Hood . 18th Nov 2016
Outlook doesn't open a PST after run SCNPST tool Rita Gibbs . 27th Oct 2016 . 1 Reply

If Scanpst.exe fails to repair damaged PST files, then you can use a third party Outlook PST repair software. The software is capable to fix PST errors and recover all deleted or inaccessible data without any hassle.

Ron Stephen . 3rd Nov 2016
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