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.
the utility used to help repair corrupt or damaged .pst
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
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
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
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
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.
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