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How to repair your damaged Outlook Personal Folder

What is Scanpst.exe and how can it help you repair your damaged Outlook Personal folder?

A PST file is the format for MS Outlook mail archives. These files can easily become damaged or have errors and as an administrator you will have to repair them.

What is really happening with your Outlook folder?

When Microsoft Office Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003 or higher, can not open your mailbox folders, it is reporting that your Inbox folders or Outlook PST file may be damaged. In order to repair the damaged files, you have to run Scanpst.exe.

SCANPST.EXE is the utility used to help repair corrupt or damaged .pst files.
PST stands for Personal Folder File.

These files are used by Microsoft Outlook for storing Outlook data, including mailbox files, email folders, contacts or any other personal data related to Microsoft Outlook.

By default, Microsoft Outlook stored these PST files at the following location:
C:\Documents and Settings\USER_NAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\
where USER_NAME is your Windows logon name. The default PST filename for your active mailbox is Outlook.pst, while the archive file is stored as archive.pst.

How can you repair the damaged PST files?
When your Outlook PST file is damaged, Microsoft Outlook will try to automatically repair the damaged file: when you start Outlook, you will see a start window telling you that Outlook is attempting to repair your mailbox folders.
However, depending on the problem, Outlook may not be able to automatically repair your PST file and so you will not be able to enter the main Outlook window, as a result you will need to try and fix it using the external Inbox Repair Tool.

The Outlook error message that notifies you about a damaged PST file is:
"Errors have been detected in the file 'file_path'. Quit all mail-enabled applications, and then use the Inbox Repair Tool"

The Inbox Repair Tool can only work if your PST file was damaged by Outlook itself or if it was corrupted due to hard disk problems.
If for example, your PST file was damaged by a third party add-in, there are little chances for the Inbox Repair Tool to recover your mailbox information.

The Microsoft Inbox Repair Tool is a single-file executable program, file named SCANPST.EXE.
When you start up SCANPST.EXE it will usually first perform a number of tests. If SCANPST.EXE does find any files that are corrupted it will ask you if it can fix it, but advises you to first make a backup copy of the specific file. You should always make a backup file and then go ahead with the repair process.

If you have severely damaged or corrupted .pst files, you may receive an error when using the SCANPST.EXE utility. One of the strategies to combat this error and ultimately repair the corrupted file in question is to run the SCANPST.EXE utility three or even four times. The error will usually disappear and the file will be repaired.

How can our Fix By Web service repair your Outlook Folder in just a few clicks?

You simply download the FixByWeb scanner. It scans your computer and transmits your computer’s configuration data to a live FixByWeb technician, who will immediately start creating a fix specifically tailored for your problem and your computer. Once the fix is done you are notified via email, and you can start the software again to pick up the “fix” file. It’s easy and it works every time.

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