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. 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 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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When the use of Scanpst.exe utility is correct? Satordi Satordi . 18th Feb 2018 . 0 Reply
What is 2GB limitation i in Outlook program? Constantin Constantin . 6th Feb 2018 . 1 Reply

In the early days of MS Outlook, the size of PST files was designed to be only 2 GB in Outlook 97 to 2002. But, when the need of Outlook increased and people started using it for personal and professional communication purpose, the information increased the size of PST files due to which Outlook use to crash down every time. But later versions of Outlook have higher limit for PST file size.

Oskar Oskar . 11th Feb 2018
What could be the possible reason of PST file corruption? Harvey Harvey . 22nd Jan 2018 . 1 Reply

There could be number of possible reasons that corrupts or damages your Outlook PST file. These reasons can be broadly classified into two categories such as Hardware and Software.

Hardware corruption reasons include storage or transfer failures of data files of your Outlook. These failures include mainly three types of failures such as storage device failure, fault of network devices and sudden power failures.

Software corruption reasons include failures cause in the systems software such as data file system failure, Virus or Malware damaged the software and abnormal shut down of Outlook.

To fix such these issues you can use the award-winning software for Corrupt PST File and recover your Outlook data files instantly hassle-free.

Dexter Dexter . 29th Jan 2018
PST file is not working even after scanning by scanpst.exe tool. Isabella Isabella . 9th Jan 2018 . 1 Reply

The above mentioned error clearly indicates that the PST file is severely corrupt and cannot be repaired using the scanpst.exe tool. To overcome, this problem use any professional third-party recovery application which can rectify the corruption and recover the lost information.

Sarah Sarah . 15th Jan 2018
File size is more than 2GB. ScanPST.exe is not working. Tania Tania . 21st Dec 2017 . 1 Reply

If you have corrupted PST file whose size is more than 2GB, then I suggest you use any third party tool because ScanPST.exe can repair minor errors, not large size PST files.

Bailey Bailey . 26th Dec 2017
ScanPST.exe is not working? Robin Robin . 7th Dec 2017 . 1 Reply

If your ScanPST.exe tool is not working and is not capable to repair your corrupted PST files then you should use any third party tool which is fully automated and gives complete recovery.

Gerardo Gerardo . 12th Dec 2017
How much scanpst.exe is capable in handling PST file error? Zachariah Zachariah . 24th Nov 2017 . 1 Reply

You may consider scanpst tool as a first-aid kit. It may tell you if there is any problem in the PST file or not. Do not be dependent on it. Always try to fix the errors using professional PST repair tool.

SMITH SMITH . 28th Nov 2017
How to resolve MS Outlook error 0x80040600? Nick Nick . 2nd Nov 2017 . 1 Reply

The error may be caused due to a corrupted .pst file in Outlook profile. Corruption may be due to many reasons. You can repair it using Scanpst.exe or third-party PST repair tools.

Charlotte Charlotte . 6th Nov 2017
Why scanpst.exe alternatives? Chris Keck . 27th Sep 2017 . 1 Reply

I think scanpst.exe has many limitations. It cannot repair large pst files (larger than 2GB). Moreover, third-party alternatives are easy to use

Johann Rain . 5th Oct 2017
Splitting corrupt PST file Fradian Fradian . 21st Sep 2017 . 0 Reply