Outlook PST could not be accessed

Outlook PST could not be accessed

Outlook PST could not be accessed

Microsoft Outlook program stores all the email items precisely in a particular file format which is known as .PST file. Any unfavorable condition may cause issues with MS Outlook. Outlook users commonly report issues such as "Outlook PST could not be accessed", "unable to open PST file", "unable to send/receive emails", etc. All such errors occur mostly due to corruption of the PST file. As a result, they have to go for Outlook PST repair tool that can fix issues and recover PST file data. Following are the general symptoms of PST file corruption:

  1. While opening an Outlook file, you get the following error message, i.e.
    "The file xxx.pst is not a personal folders file."
  2. You come across the below errors when you open MS Outlook: "The file xxx.pst could not be found."
    OR "Unable to display the folder. The file xxx.pst could not be accessed. Access denied."

Besides the abovementioned errors, you may also meet various other error messages.

Causes of PST corruption:

Software Issues:

Hardware Issues:

Repairing Outlook PST File:

Facing errors while working with Outlook is the symptom of corruption of the Outlook database, i.e. PST file. You can repair Outlook PST issues by using a free utility Scanpst.exe which is also known as Inbox repair tool. However, this tool has some limitations and unable to fix all issues of PST file.

Limitations of scanpst.exe (Inbox repair tool):

In case, you have no expected result of Outlook PST recovery then you should look for a professional tool like Kernel for Outlook PST repair. It is much capable to fix your Outlook PST issues and restore them affecting their integrity. Alternatively one can refer to free PST Viewer tool, to access emails and other items from healthy or corrupted Outlook data files.


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