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Repairing Personal Folders File

Lambert Butler Updated On - 31 Dec 2019

Disaster recoveries can be managed and prevented with backups. If continuous backups of important files and folders are performed, users can prevent data loss situations. In case of MS Outlook corruptions, users generally face the error;

” Unable to expand the folder. The set of folders could not be opened. Errors could have been detected in the file drive:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.pst. Quit all mail-enabled applications, and then use the Inbox Repair Tool.”

The error message contains instructions to repair the PST file with Microsoft Inbox repair tool. Inbox repair tool is included with MS Outlook client for repairing the corrupt and damaged PST files in place of backups. This free tool is provided by Microsoft with its widely used MS Office Suit and MS Outlook standalone application.

To Repair PST Files:

Use the ScanPST.exe to list and repair the damaged file. It will recover the mailbox items and provide a new PST to work with. This repair process can be prevented if you have updated backups of your file.

To include backup of your PST file in MS Outlook you need to perform the following steps:

  1. Start MS Outlook. On the File menu click the Data File Management option.
  2. Account Settings dialogue box with opened Data Files tab will appear.
  3. Select the damaged PST file and click Remove.
  4. Click Add, select the Office Outlook Personal Folders File (.pst) for Outlook 2007 or Outlook 97-2002 personal Folders File (.pst). Click OK and then select the PST file which you want to use as your primary file.
  5. Click OK. The mailbox items will be downloaded to the MS Outlook client.

One should not solely rely on the email recovery tools as backups always play crucial role to prevent such situations. Many Outlook PST repair and PST email recovery tools help to recover emails and other mailbox items like attachments, images, email properties, journals, calendars, events, alarms, Unicode characters which could be missed out with the inbox repair tool.

Repairing Personal Folders File with guaranteed recovery percentage is important in every environment; Kernel for Outlook does it all. It is an MS Outlook recovery tool which repairs PST files, recovers every mailbox item, previews every item with content and then let you save them to the file format of your choice: PST, MSG, DBX and EML.

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