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How to Repair .PST file of Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft provide us a tool Scanpst also known as Inbox Repair Tool for repairing Personal Folders .pst files.


Before you can use scanpst, you need to find it. Microsoft doesn't add a shortcut for it to the Start menu so you'll need to look for it. The easiest way to access it in current versions of Office is by holding down Shift as you right-click on any Office app icon and choosing Open File Location.

Or

Open File Explorer then browse to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office if you use 32-bit Office on 64-bit Windows or C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office if Office and Windows are the same bitness then type scanpst in the search field to find it. With Outlook 2013 and 2016, most users will find it at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office*, which is the location for click-to-run installs

If you are using a Windows Store version of Office (currently being shipped pre-installed on many new computers), scanpst can be found in a path similar to C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Office.Desktop.Outlook_16010.9001.2171.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Office16. (The version number will vary with your installed version.)




You will need to know the location of the .pst file that you want to repair. If you can open Outlook, you can get the pst location from the File, Data File Management screen. Select the pst file and click the Open Folder button.

Outlook 2010 and newer use the locations below for IMAP data files while the default location for POP3 pst files is in My Documents\Outlook Files.

If you use Outlook 2007 or older and the pst file is in the default folder location, you can find it in the following locations:

Windows 7/8 or Vista:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

After open scanpst, click Browse and browse to the location of the pst file.

This path works in all versions of Windows if Outlook created the pst in the local application data path. If you moved the pst or Outlook 2010 created the pst file in My Documents, you'll need to click Browse.

Select your PST from the list (most people will have just one) click Open, then Start to begin testing the PST


When ScanPST is finished running the tests, a dialog reports the errors found. If you need to repair the PST file, always make a backup.



Click on Repair, it's taking time which depends upon pst file size, after successfully repair you can use your Outlook. 

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