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How to recover corrupted PST files manually?

Manual Tricks to Repair Corrupt PST File


Primary checks and solutions
This category of manual solutions involves some basic tasks to access Outlook data if the fault is minor in level.

Run Outlook in safe mode: Users can try this to fix the issue by typing outlook.exe /safe within Run dialogue box (press Windows button with R alphabet) and click OK.
It would open the Outlook application in safe mode and users can access their PST data. Opening of Outlook in safe mode successfully also indicates that data inaccessibility is due to erratic Outlook Add-ins which can be disabled by navigating to File>Options>Add-ins and then go to Manage COM Add-ins and click Go against it. All the Add-ins would be listed; select all and click Disable option to disable it. Then restart the Outlook application and check if PST data can be accessed.
Verify Internet Settings & Firewall Configuration: Improper Internet Settings and firewall configuration could also be the issue. User can check if the settings are as required and also shut down the unnecessary running applications by side.
Change Server Time-out Period: Some Outlook timeout errors can be resolved through increasing the server timeout period. Perform these steps to increase the server timeout period:
Open Account Settings in Outlook application (as per the version).
Select the affected email account and click on Change option.
Then click on More Settings option on the Account settings page.
In the new window Internet Email Settings, click on the Advanced tab.
Finally, increase server time-out period and then click on OK.
These primary manual solutions are helpful only if the corruption issues are due to the related causes and of low level. Another method is utilizing an in-built repair solution by Microsoft.

In-built PST Repair Utility – ScanPST.exe – Free Way to Repair Corrupt PST Files
Microsoft provides an in-built application namely ScanPST.exe which scans the Outlook PST file and the repair it. This application is also known as Inbox Repair tool. This tool holds capacity to repair PST file of size upto 2GB only and also take good time for the repair process. The major level of corruption repair and recovery of permanently deleted items is not guaranteed with this solution. Users may need to run the application repeatedly to recover complete data.

To start repair with ScanPST.exe tool, first ensure that the Outlook application is not open and Show hidden file and folder option is enable in PST Folder. Let us know the manual PST repair process with this in-built utility.

At C drive on your system, type ScanPST.exe in search box to locate the tool.
Or directly reach the default ScanPST.exe application location for 32-bit and 64-bit systems respectively.

In the opened Microsoft Inbox Repair tool interface, click on Browse option to add the PST file from system location.

Now, that the file is added, click on Start option to start the PST scanning process.

The repair process will take some time for completion for which users have to wait.

 

I hope this manual method will be helpful!

Mark Wilson

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Re: How to recover corrupted PST files manually?

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Re: How to recover corrupted PST files manually?

 


@markwilson2813 wrote:

Manual Tricks to Repair Corrupt PST File


Primary checks and solutions
This category of manual solutions involves some basic tasks to access Outlook data if the fault is minor in level.

Run Outlook in safe mode: Users can try this to fix the issue by typing outlook.exe /safe within Run dialogue box (press Windows button with R alphabet) and click OK.
It would open the Outlook application in safe mode and users can access their PST data. Opening of Outlook in safe mode successfully also indicates that data inaccessibility is due to erratic Outlook Add-ins which can be disabled by navigating to File>Options>Add-ins and then go to Manage COM Add-ins and click Go against it. All the Add-ins would be listed; select all and click Disable option to disable it. Then restart the Outlook application and check if PST data can be accessed.
Verify Internet Settings & Firewall Configuration: Improper Internet Settings and firewall configuration could also be the issue. User can check if the settings are as required and also shut down the unnecessary running applications by side.
Change Server Time-out Period: Some Outlook timeout errors can be resolved through increasing the server timeout period. Perform these steps to increase the server timeout period:
Open Account Settings in Outlook application (as per the version).
Select the affected email account and click on Change option.
Then click on More Settings option on the Account settings page.
In the new window Internet Email Settings, click on the Advanced tab.
Finally, increase server time-out period and then click on OK.
These primary manual solutions are helpful only if the corruption issues are due to the related causes and of low level. Another method is utilizing an in-built repair solution by Microsoft.

In-built PST Repair Utility – ScanPST.exe – Free Way to Repair Corrupt PST Files
Microsoft provides an in-built application namely ScanPST.exe which scans the Outlook PST file and the repair it. This application is also known as Inbox Repair tool. This tool holds capacity to repair PST file of size upto 2GB only and also take good time for the repair process. The major level of corruption repair and recovery of permanently deleted items is not guaranteed with this solution. Users may need to run the application repeatedly to recover complete data.

To start repair with ScanPST.exe tool, first ensure that the Outlook application is not open and Show hidden file and folder option is enable in PST Folder. Let us know the manual PST repair process with this in-built utility.

At C drive on your system, type ScanPST.exe in search box to locate the tool.
Or directly reach the default ScanPST.exe application location for 32-bit and 64-bit systems respectively.

In the opened Microsoft Inbox Repair tool interface, click on Browse option to add the PST file from system location.

Now, that the file is added, click on Start option to start the PST scanning process.

The repair process will take some time for completion for which users have to wait.

 

I hope this manual method will be helpful!

Mark Wilson


Thank you for sharing this it is very helpful.

 

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Re: How to recover corrupted PST files manually?

Make a copy of it first for safety PST files are prone to corruption. Test your drive's physical health to make sure that isn't contributing to the problem. I don't have specific PST repair products to recommend. There aren't many legitimate ones because the PST format is proprietary. Try Microsoft's repair utility. It usually works well. It's already in your program files\common files\office {x version} directory. Remember to always keep an unmodified backup of the original. Do not modify that or work on it. Keep this backup until you are sure all data is backed up.

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Re: How to recover corrupted PST files manually?

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@paygonline  wrote:

Manual Tricks to Repair Corrupt PST File


Primary checks and solutions
This category of manual solutions involves some basic tasks to access Outlook data if the fault is minor in level.

Run Outlook in safe mode: Users can try this to fix the issue by typing outlook.exe /safe within Run dialogue box (press Windows button with R alphabet) and click OK.
It would open the Outlook application in safe mode and users can access their PST data. Opening of Outlook in safe mode successfully also indicates that data inaccessibility is due to erratic Outlook Add-ins which can be disabled by navigating to File>Options>Add-ins and then go to Manage COM Add-ins and click Go against it. All the Add-ins would be listed; select all and click Disable option to disable it. Then restart the Outlook application and check if PST data can be accessed.
Verify Internet Settings & Firewall Configuration: Improper Internet Settings and firewall configuration could also be the issue. User can check if the settings are as required and also shut down the unnecessary running applications by side.
Change Server Time-out Period: Some Outlook timeout errors can be resolved through increasing the server timeout period. Perform these steps to increase the server timeout period:
Open Account Settings in Outlook application (as per the version).
Select the affected email account and click on Change option.
Then click on More Settings option on the Account settings page.
In the new window Internet Email Settings, click on the Advanced tab.
Finally, increase server time-out period and then click on OK.
These primary manual solutions are helpful only if the corruption issues are due to the related causes and of low level. Another method is utilizing an in-built repair solution by Microsoft.

In-built PST Repair Utility – ScanPST.exe – Free Way to Repair Corrupt PST Files
Microsoft provides an in-built application namely ScanPST.exe which scans the Outlook PST file and the repair it. This application is also known as Inbox Repair tool. This tool holds capacity to repair PST file of size upto 2GB only and also take good time for the repair process. The major level of corruption repair and recovery of permanently deleted items is not guaranteed with this solution. Users may need to run the application repeatedly to recover complete data.

To start repair with ScanPST.exe tool, first ensure that the Outlook application is not open and Show hidden file and folder option is enable in PST Folder. Let us know the manual PST repair process with this in-built utility.

At C drive on your system, type ScanPST.exe in search box to locate the tool.
Or directly reach the default ScanPST.exe application location for 32-bit and 64-bit systems respectively.

In the opened Microsoft Inbox Repair tool interface, click on Browse option to add the PST file from system location.

Now, that the file is added, click on Start option to start the PST scanning process.

The repair process will take some time for completion for which users have to wait.

 

I hope this manual method will be helpful!

Mark Wilson


There could be various reasons responsible for the Outlook PST corruption like network failure issues, hardware failures, power failures due to sudden shutdown, virus attacks, header file corruptions, software failures, firewall or other application interference, fluctuations in power supply, large-sized unmanageable PST, incorrect file system recovery, bad sectors in hard drive, malicious software, etc.

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Re: How to recover corrupted PST files manually?

ScanPST.exe also known as the Inbox repair tool, is a Microsoft-provided inbuilt tool to repair your corrupt PST file.

Taking as a first level of troubleshooting step, ScanPST can be efficient and cost-saving.

When Outlook is installed and configured, it automatically creates a PST file that acts as a file repository for the application. Then ScanPST.exe checks the inconsistencies obtained in the Outlook PST file and makes corrections automatically.

 

Note: You just need to make a backup copy of your PST file and then repair in the PST file.

 

There is no harm to the PST file while scanning and repairing using ScanPST, you just need to find the location depending on your Outlook and Windows version.

Once you run the tool, it will ask for location and then ask to scan, after scanning it will ask the corrupted file to repair and that’s it. Your PST file will be back at the drop of a hat.

 

However, sometimes if your file is severely corrupted you need to use the advanced method to repair, you can use Stellar Repair for Outlook for this process.

  1. It will automatically locate your PST file and can easily repair severely corrupted files without any data loss.
  2. Your emails will be back as the same structure as it was before the corruption.
  3. You can download its free version and can test the PST file.
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