A PST file is an Outlook Data File that stores all mailbox items of Microsoft Outlook on the local system's hard disk. Technically named as Personal Storage Table, PST files are the database files of MS Outlook.

PST files are highly vulnerable to corruption. File header corruption, hard disk failure, operating system errors, and abrupt Outlook exit are 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 a free Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) to resolve PST corruption problems. However, it is not very effective in most cases due to limitations of file size (up to 2GB only) and support to low-intensity corruption only. Professional solutions are much more reliable and preferred among organizations.

Once corrupt PST files are repaired, the next 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 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, the basic procedure is pretty much the same. To understand the manual importing procedure, let us take MS Outlook 2013, for example.

Now, understand the situation first. You are using MS Outlook 2013, and your PST files go corrupt. You can repair them, but you do not 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:

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

Note: By the above manual PST Import procedure, all PST mailbox items will be imported except for folder properties like permissions, views, AutoArchive settings, block senders lists, and message rules.

The explained procedure is more or less the same with all versions of MS Outlook. You will find small differences in the procedure from version to version. So, try the manual import PST procedure using the integrated Import/Export option in the MS Outlook application.

To repair highly corrupted and inaccessible Outlook PST files, 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 are suggested to choose a professional Kernel for Outlook PST Repair tool wisely as there are so many available online.


The blog explains the process of importing the repaired Outlook data file using the Import/Export feature in the Outlook application. The required Steps are mentioned, along with screenshots for easy understanding. An advanced tool for quick and secured PST file repair is suggested as well.

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