A PST file is Outlook Data File which stores all mailbox items of Microsoft Outlook on local system's hard disk. Technically named as Personal Storage Table, PST files are basically the backup files of MS Outlook used at the time of data corruption or loss to recover the Outlook data.

PST files are highly vulnerable towards corruption. File header corruption, hard disk failure, operating system errors, abrupt Outlook exit are some of the reasons that can cause PST file corruption. But, there is no need to worry as there are both manual and professional ways available to get rid of PST corruption problems.

Microsoft provides free Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) to resolve PST corruption problems. However, it's not very effective in most of the cases. Professional solutions are much more reliable and preferred among organizations.

Once corrupt PST files are repaired, the nest key question is how to import them to Outlook? There can be more than one way to do it. You can do it manually as well as with the help of a professional software. When you repair corrupt PST files, you save them at a particular location on your system from where you can import them in Outlook.

Import Repaired PST file in Outlook

Although, the importing procedure varies from Outlook's version to version but the basic procedure is pretty much same. To understand the manual importing procedure, let's take MS Outlook 2013 for example.

Now, understand the situation first. You'e using MS Outlook 2013 and your PST files go corrupt. You can repair them but you don't know how to import the repaired PST files in Outlook 2013. Here is the solution. You require to follow the steps given below to import repaired PST files in MS Outlook 2013:

  • Open MS Outlook
  • Go to File tab and click Open & Export (see the image given below)
  • Click Import /Export option (Import and Export Wizard window gets open)
  • Select Import from another program or file option and click the Next button (as seen in the image given above)
  • Now, select Outlook Data File (.pst) option and click the Next button
  • Browse to choose to PST file you want to import and click Next
  • Select desired options for importing items and click the Finish button

The explained procedure is more or less same with all versions of MS Outlook. You'll find small differences in the procedure from version to version.

If you don't like to keep technical knowledge or you find the manual importing procedure lengthy and confusing, you can always use a professional tool for the purpose. You can easily operate them even if you do not possess any kind of technical knowledge. And, they offer complete accuracy. You're suggested to choose a professional Kernel for Outlook PST Repair tool wisely as there are so many available online.