Summary: This post outlines common reasons behind damaged Outlook Personal Folder (PST) File, and explains how to repair the file by using the free Outlook built-in repair utility. Also, it discusses an advanced Outlook PST repair solution to fix the corrupt file when the built-in repair tool fails.
A Personal Storage Table (PST) file is a Microsoft Outlook Data File that stores a user’s email messages, contacts, and other mailbox items on the computer. Any damage or corruption in the file could lead to issues such as Outlook keeps hanging or freezing, Outlook taking too long to open, or abrupt crashes, etc. Also, you may receive errors like ‘Outlook data file cannot be opened’, ‘errors have been detected in the file path’, etc.
NOTE: If you receive a message suggesting PST file damage, it is strongly recommended that you should stop using Outlook immediately to avoid the file from being overwritten.
Common Reasons behind Damaged PST File
Some of the common reasons that may result in corrupt or damaged Outlook Personal Folder (PST) File are as follows:
Repairs Outlook Personal Folder (PST) File in 3 simple clicks: ‘Select’, ‘Repair’, and ‘Preview & Save’.
Select the PST file.
2. Repair the file.
3. Preview and save the repaired file.
Stellar Repair for Outlook software is the best alternative to Scanpst.exe that you can download for free to scan and preview all recoverable PST file items. Further, it helps save the recovered items in a new usable PST, which can be easily imported into Outlook.
Reasons such as large file size, virus infection, bad sectors on a hard drive, etc. can result in broken or damaged Outlook Personal Folder (PST) File. You can use the Microsoft Outlook built-in ‘Scanpst.exe’ repair utility to fix the file. But, the tool has certain limitations. It cannot repair a severely corrupt file, takes considerable time to fix it, returns unexpected errors, etc. Use Stellar Repair for Outlook software when backup and ‘Scanpst.exe’ fail to restore PST file.
Eric Simson is an Email Platform Consultant and is associated with Stellar Data Recovery from last 6 years. He writes about the latest technology tips and provides custom solutions related to MS Outlook, MS Exchange Server, Office 365, and many other Email Clients & Servers.