Personal Storage Table (PST) is a file in which Outlook stores emails, notes, contacts, and other users mailbox related items. Although Outlook is fast and convenient email client but 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 Scanpst.exe tool.
Using Scanpst.exe tool: Execute the following steps to use Scanpst.exe file:
1. Click Start > Search.
2. In Search window, click 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 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 gets corrupt due to renaming or modification, you are able to repair the Outlook.pst file using the Scanpst.exe tool. But, in some cases when 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 repairs 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 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 third-party Outlook repair and PST repair tool.
Kernel for Outlook is 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 Outlook.pst file created in Outlook 97, Outlook 2000, Outlook 2002, Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007.