Best Practices Guide for Microsoft Outlook PST file Corruption Problems and Management

2019-02-01 | Author: Eric Simson

Microsoft Outlook is one of the most popular email clients for business communication. Despite widespread use of PST files and its several advantages– as presented in the preceding sections– there are a few challenges too. PST file corruption is one such challenge, which hampers users’ access to Outlook mailbox data and often leads to Outlook client crash.

Causes of pst file corruption

Virus and Malware Attacks

Viruses and other malicious forms of attacks can corrupt the PST file. Some viruses that have corrupted the PST files in the past are Melissa, BleBla, Stages virus and worm explore zip. In most cases, these virus programs turn the PST file inaccessible.

Software Issues

Software failures such as problems in Outlook, improper recovery procedures, and abrupt shutdown can corrupt PST files. Out of these issues, the most common is wrong system recovery caused due to overwriting with garbage data and incorrect alignment of data blocks during a faulty recovery process

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