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PST Corruption after Moving or Renaming PST file

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Lambert Butler Updated On - 01 Mar 2021

Personal Storage Table (PST) is a file in which Outlook stores emails, notes, contacts, and other users mailbox related items. Although Outlook is a fast and convenient email client if Outlook Archive.pst and/or Outlook.pst files are tried to be modified/renamed (in Outlook 2000) then Outlook gets locked up. At that time you need to restart Outlook and repair the Outlook.pst file. You can repair the Outlook.pst file using the Scanpst.exe tool.

Using Scanpst.exe tool: Execute the following steps to use the Scanpst.exe file:

  1. Click Start > Search.
  2. In the Search window, click the All files and folders link and then type Scanpst.exe.
  3. Click the Search button. After completing the searching process, you can view the Scanpst.exe file in the search result.
  4. Double-click the Scanpst.exe file. The Scanpst.exe program starts in which you have to browse the location of the damaged PST file:
  5. Click the Browse button to locate the damaged Outlook PST file. You can locate the PST file in different operating systems by following the below-given paths:
    • Windows 98 or Windows Me: Disk Drive > Windows > Local Settings > Application Data
    • Windows NT 4.0: Disk Drive > WINNT > Profiles >username > Local Settings >Application Data
    • Windows XP or Windows Server 2003: Disk Drive > Documents and Settings > username >Local Settings >Application Data >Microsoft >Outlook
    • Windows Vista: Disk Drive > users > username > AppData > Local >Microsoft >Outlook
  6. Click the Start button. The Scanpst.exe successfully repairs the Outlook.pst file.

In this case, when the Outlook.pst files get corrupt due to renaming or modification, you can repair the Outlook.pst file using the Scanpst.exe tool. But, in some cases when the Outlook.pst file gets damaged due to reasons like moving from one location to another, recreating the Outlook profile, etc. then Scanpst.exe cannot perfectly repair the Outlook.pst file.

When Outlook.pst file gets corrupt, you should first know the reason and accordingly perform the following solutions:

If the file has been damaged while recreating the Outlook profile then reinstall the Outlook and create a new user profile

If the file has been damaged while moving from one location to another then you need to use a third-party Outlook repair and PST repair tool.

Kernel for Outlookis the best outlook mailbox recovery software. The software perfectly understands the reasons behind Outlook.pst damage and accordingly repairs the damaged Outlook.pst file. After repairing the file, the outlook recovery software displays a preview of recovered emails and related items. You can use the software to recover emails, contacts, etc. from the Outlook .pst file created in Outlook 97, Outlook 2000, Outlook 2002, Outlook 2003, and Outlook 2007, and later versions. The tool is developed to fix all kinds of PST file corruptions that happened due to any reason using its user-friendly interface features and powerful algorithms. Let us go through the necessary steps to repair the corrupted Outlook PST file automatically with this professional tool.

  1. Install the Kernel for Outlook PST Repair tool on your system and launch it.
  2. Click on the Browse option to add PST files from the system drive location.
  3. Select the second option if you want to repair multiple PST files together. Use the plus icon to add as many PST files from the drive location. Once the files are added, click Next.
  4. Now, the file mailboxes will get retrieved. To have a preview of the selected mailbox item from any PST file, select that item from the root folder and check its preview on the right panel. Then, click on the Save option to proceed.
  5. Select the PST file as the saving option and click Next.
  6. Add the filters as per your requirement and click Next.
  7. If your want to split your PST files, choose the size after which the file will split, select the prefix option if needed, and click Next.
  8. Next, provide the saving path for the repaired Outlook files by clicking on the Browse option. After that, click Finish to start the PSTs repair.
  9. Wait for a short time and the repair is completed.
  10. Access the repaired PST files from the defined destination location and open them in your Microsoft Outlook application.

A quick, smart, and efficient repair of Outlook PST files is completed.