How To Repair PST File At No Cost?

How To Repair PST File At No Cost?

File corruption is a common problem when you are working with Outlook. Same can happen with PST file and you will feel the need to repair it at the earliest as it contains valuable data. To remove the corruption of the PST file, first of all, you need to know about the factors leading to corruption.

Reasons that require repairing PST file

  1. Unexpected Power Failure
  2. If there is a sudden shutdown of system due to power failure and the PST file is open, it can definitely become corrupt.

  3. Network Failure
  4. These days everyone saves their important data on a network server. But that is not entirely safe too as the network server can also encounter an issue. This can corrupt the PST file, ultimately making it inaccessible to the user. 

  5. Harmful Program
  6. If there is any malicious program installed or downloaded on the system, it can also be responsible for the corruption of PST file.

  7. Bad Sectors on Hard Drive

When the system’s hard drive has bad sectors and PST files are saved there, the chances are the PST files will become inaccessible due to corruption.


For all such reasons, you will need a PST Repair tool to fix the corruption. Here are some methods that will help you to repair PST files:

  1. Inbox Repair Tool
  2. Inbox Repair tool has been provided by Microsoft to deal with the corruption in PST files. The need to run this tool arises when Outlook is not opening a PST file or it is showing an error while opening it. 

    Location of the Inbox Repair tool

    The location of scanpst.exe depends on the Outlook version you are using.

    Outlook 2007 

    32-bit Windows; C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\

    64-bit Windows; C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\

    Outlook 2010

    32-bit Windows; C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\

    64-bit Windows; C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\

    Outlook 2013

    32-bit Windows; C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\

    64-bit Windows; C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\

    Outlook 2016 

    32-bit Windows; C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\

    64-bit Windows; C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\

    Repair Process

    • Launch the Inbox Repair tool, click on the ‘Browse’ option.
    • Select the corrupted PST file and click on ‘Start’.
    • After the repair process will get complete, the Inbox Repair tool will show the errors found in the PST file. 
    • Click on the ‘Repair’ option and the repair process will begin.
    • If the file is not repaired or recovered in the first go, you can repeat the steps again. 
  3. Oversized PST Recovery Tool
  4. Sometimes when you try to open MS Outlook to access PST files, you may face an error message ‘Errors have been detected in the file. Close all the mail-enabled applications and then use the Inbox Repair tool’. This error can generally occur due to the exceeded size of PST file. 

    In order to fix this issue, reduce the size of the PST file to its prescribed limit. For this purpose, you can use the Oversized PST Recovery tool. This tool will delete some of the data from the PST file to reduce its size. 

    Note- Before using the tool, make sure you have a copy of the PST file as the tool will delete some of the data. 

    Tips- 

    • Your device must have 2 GB of free disk space so that the tool can generate a copy of PST file.
    • Reduce the size of the file by 20 to 25 MB as it will give enough space.
  5. PST Repair Tool

PST Repair tool is another free method that can be used to fix corruption issues with PST files. With the demo version of this tool, you can easily perform all these functions:

  • A full scan of the PST file.
  • Retrieve attachments, emails, notes and other data.
  • Move the data from corrupted to a new file.
  • Save up to 25 emails at a time. 
  • Convert the corrupted file into multiple other formats such as PST, MSG, TXT, EML, RTF, and MHTML.

Any of the above methods can be applied in order to fix PST corruption issues without making a hole in your pocket.

How to Repair Your Outlook Personal Folder File (.pst)

How to Repair Your Outlook Personal Folder File (.pst)

In order to repair the Outlook PST file, you can utilize two methods one is using the Inbox Repair tool and other is using the Recovee PST repair tool. Here below we are describing both the ways to fix your PST file.

Use the Scanpst.exe tool for Outlook PST repair

Step 1: Close Outlook and initiate Repair tool:

There are two ways you can use to start the Inbox repair tool.

Automatically start the tool; Download the file for Inbox repair tool, click Open and then “Run” from the “File Download” dialog box.

Alternatively, you can manually start the Inbox repair tool by locating the Scanpst.exe file. This file is saved in a folder which can be hidden and thus you need to unhide all files and folder to search for it.

Step 2: Repair the .pst file:

Once the Inbox Repair tool is opened, look for the .pst file by typing the file name or path. Click Browse to locate the file in the Windows file system and click Start.
Important Note:

  • Inbox Repair Tool must be running a few of times to fix the errors with your .pst folder (file).
  • In some cases, you may fail to repair the .pst file incomplete manner. The permanently deleted files can’t be recovered in some cases.

Step 3:
Once you run Inbox Repair Tool, you can start repairing and recovering the Outlook items. In order to begin with your personal folder, you can recover the items to Personal Folder (.pst) file:

  • Start Outlook, and if you select the multiple profiles in Outlook, be sure that the profile consists of the (.pst) file which you need to repair or recover
  • Press Ctrl +6 open the Folder List view
  • In the Folder list, pick the one from their recovered folders:
  1. Recovered Personal Folders
  2. Calendar
  3. Contacts
  4. Deleted Items
  5. Inbox
  6. Journal
  7. Notes
  8. Outbox
  9. Sent Items
  10. Tasks

Now, generate a new Personal Folder (.pst) on your profile. When you are done finished transferring all items, you need to remove the recovered Personal Folder (.pst) file. This includes the Lost and Found folder as well.
If you are done fetching your details, you can finish it. If you are done recovering additional information, you can view the recovered items.

Alternative solution:

If you are not able to repair the Outlook PST file, you can use the easy option i.e. Recovee PST repair tool. It will perform the Outlook PST recovery file in no time. All the troubles with your PST file will be fixed in no time. It is a comprehensive way to repair your PST file and recover the data stored in it.
The reasons to prefer Recovee PST repair tool over the traditional way of PST-file recovery are:

  • Includes free version which allows you to recover up to 25 emails
  • Repairs severely damaged PST repair tool.
  • The premium version of the tool enables you to recover unlimited data in no time.
  • It supports every Outlook as well as Windows format.