How you can repair Outlook data file called PST?

When you start MS Outlook and it displays you an error and do not let you use MS Outlook, then it means the Outlook PST file has been damaged. At this time, you need to repair Outlook PST file. You can use scanpst.exe which is also called Inbox repair tool to fix the corrupt PST file.

In this article, I will tell you a step-by-step process to locate the scanpst.exe file, find the corrupt PST file, and repair it.

Locating Scanpst.exe file to repair Outlook PST file

Step 1 – Exit your Outlook.

Step 2 – Open C drive and then go to Program Files folder.

Step 3 – Now, type scanpst.exe in the Search bar and hit ENTER.

Step 4– If you see scanpst.exe file, then double-click it and it will be launched. If you do not see scanpst.exe even when the search has ended, you can directly go to the below given locations to find the scanpst.exe file to repair Outlook PST file.

Outlook 2007: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12

Outlook 2010: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14

Outlook 2013: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15

Outlook 2016: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16

Using Scanpst.exe file to repair Outlook PST file

Step 1 – Click the Browse button and select the corrupt PST file. If you do not know the path of your PST file, then open C drive and in the Search box, type *.pst and start the search. It will show you the PST files available in your PC. Select the corrupt PST file.


You should copy the PST file before repairing it.

Step 2 – Start the scanning process by clicking the Start button.

Step 3 – As your PST file is damaged, you will be asked to click the Repair button. But, before that make sure that you,

Select the Make backup of scanned file before repairing check box and,

Copy the default backup location and save it to a safe location, as you may need it later on.

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Step 4 – Once the repair process has been completed, you can start MS Outlook.

Has scanpst.exe successfully repaired Outlook PST file?

When you will start MS Outlook, and it does not show any error, and you are able to view a folder named Recovered Personal Folders then it means the successful repairing has been done. However, if you still face the issue, then it means the scanpst.exe file could not fix the issue. The reason can be severe corruption that could not be repaired with this software.

In the case, everything is fine and you see the Recovered Personal Folders, you can then create a new Outlook PST file and move this data from the Recovered Personal Folders to the new Outlook PST file. Once the movement has been completed, you can delete the Recovered Personal Folders.

What you can do if scanpst.exe has failed to repair Outlook PST file?

However, if scanpst.exe has been failed or if you do not want to execute these many steps, then you can use a professional PST repair and recovery tool. These are the applications that are specifically designed to repair corrupt PST files without taking you through so many steps. You just need to download the PST repair tool, install it, and select the PST file to scan. Even some of the tools come with find PST feature using, which you can easily locate the corrupt PST file.

Popular Outlook PST Repair Tools are

Stellar Outlook PST Repair Tool – It is an award winning tool that repairs PST files of any size and with any error. It supports Windows 7, Windows 10, etc. You can repair PST files created with 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 as well. It is available for free trial as well.

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Kernel PST Repair – It is yet another good application that you can use to repair Outlook PST file. It has an easy interface, so using will be an easy task. It has many good features. You can create a new PST file that you can open with MS Outlook very easily. A free version of this tool is available as well.

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I hope that this article will help you repair Outlook PST file without much trouble.

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