Updated on September 12th, 2022
In the past articles, we discussed a lot about how we can perform email management in MS Outlook. In this post, I am going to talk about how to repair a damaged PST file in Outlook 2010.
In Outlook 2002 and all the previous versions, the PST files which were generated had a maximum storage limit of 2 GB (also discussed in previous articles). Most of the users who are not tech savvy, use their email client continuously without knowing about the frequent preventive maintenance. Before coming to the outlook PST repair process, let me tell you what are the preventive measures to avoid PST corruption.
There are several methods you can adopt to prevent your Outlook PST from corruption.
If you want to be well-versed with email management, I recommend you check the best solutions and tips for e-mail management in MS Outlook.
Microsoft offers ScanPST.exe with the installation of MS Office or MS Outlook and is not available for downloading separately. This inbox repair tool is capable to recover the mail items and folders from corrupted PST files (Personal Storage Tables) created in all major versions of MS Outlook including 2013.
As mentioned above in this article, if you are still using an older version of Outlook like 2002 and earlier, ScanPST.exe might not work if the PST file size has reached near 2 GB.
Please check your PST file size before you continue and follow any of the preventive measures I suggested above. You can find your Outlook PST files in the locations mentioned below.
If you find your PST file close to 2 GB, you may try PST and OST cropping tools.
With the change in technology, Microsoft has also updated its programs, importing DBX files to PST is asked by many and on the other hand, keeping your file secure is a good habit, but when you lose or forget a PST password you don’t need to worry as I’ve already shared a couple of updated solutions for this.
One more thing I would like to tell you before I continue with the repair process. There are many automated Outlook PST repair tools available online that guide you that how to Repair a Damaged PST file in Outlook 2010. Though I am optimistic, if this method fails due to any severe corruption that ScanPST.exe couldn’t handle, you can use a very efficient and inexpensive PST Repair Tool by SysInfoTools. Here you need not need think about the level of corruption, the software takes the pain for you.
Steps to Repair Damaged Outlook PST Files
PST Location In Windows 7 and previous versions:
PST Location In Windows 8:
If still, you were unable to find it, you may download it from computer hope.
Remember, you have not yet recovered the data, only the repairing process is completed. As this is a free PST repair tool by Microsoft, you need to do a lot of things manually.
You’ll find a Lost and Found folder in MS Outlook, which basically carries all the mailbox data repaired or recovered after using the PST repair tool by Microsoft (ScanPST.exe).
Once you are done creating a new PST file, you can move the mailbox items from the lost and found folder to the new PST.
So this is the process of recovering the PST files from corruption. If you feel that after this process, some of your items are missing, that means ScanPST.exe could not handle and recover that data.
You may now repair your Outlook PST file in any of the two methods mentioned above. Either you may use ScanPST.exe (Inbox repair tool) or you may go with PST repair Tool by SysInfoTools. The ball is in your court.
Many of you configure their Outlook with Exchange Server, in that the database file created is OST. There is a very efficient solution to repair and perform OST to PST conversion online.
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