Outlook is one of the prominent email applications of Microsoft. However, like any other application Outlook can also interface problems while working. There could be any reason depending upon the situation but in most of cases the hindrance in Outlook is caused due to corrupt PST file. A PST File is responsible for keeping all the objects of Outlook so any type of problem in PST file can cause loss of all Outlook objects. If PST file get damaged then it is vital to understand the method for PST repair.
There are number of error messages shown in Outlook that may cause Outlook to stop working. One of the common errors that you may face is mentioned as below:
“Errors have been detected in the file C:\Documents & Settings\user_name\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.pst. Quit Outlook and all enabled mail applications, and then use the Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) to diagnose and repair errors in the file. For more information about the Inbox Repair Tool see Help”
Here error is indicating itself that the problem is associated with corruption in Outlook .pst file. To fix this problem Inbox repair tool is recommended.
Inbox repair utility is an inbuilt utility in Outlook which automatically gets installed with Outlook installation. This utility is used to scan and repair the corrupted .pst file. To use this utility find its location. By default the location of .pst file is:C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033
Also identify the location of your .pst file (By default it is C:\Documents and Settings\user_id\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook) on your system. Now scan your corrupted .pst file with Scanpst.exe. Once scan process is completed, this might again shows errors in the file. Before starting actual repair process take the backup as this utility provides the option for taking backup of .pst file. Mark this option and start repair process.
Once repair process is completed you may get a repaired file. To check status, open the repaired file in Outlook. If it opens correctly and all file items are intact then you are back to your normal Outlook. But unfortunately in most of cases Scanpst.exe fails to deliver the repaired pst file. One of the prime reasons is that it does not work with those Outlook pst files which exceeds 2 GB size in versions earlier than Outlook 2003. Also it can only repair the header part of the .pst file. Still there are other alternatives such as to use a third party software by considering all its features to recover Outlook.
As it is extremely important to get back all the emails and other Outlook items so a robust tool with significant performance is required. Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair tool is enriched with all such capabilities to repair and recover all your emails, contacts, tasks etc. with the help of advanced mechanism. The software repairs the pst file in a comprehensive manner and have various unique features like preview of items that could be recovered, selective folder recovery, advanced scan and many more which makes it more user friendly.