How to Repair Damaged PST File _ Two Best Solutions

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How to Repair Damaged PST File _ Two Best Solutions

Jan 3, 2022, 12:36:29 PM Tech and Science

PST or Personal Storage table we all know that it is an Outlook data file. And we all know that Outlook is one of the most popular email clients.  But the tendency of data corruption in Outlook is very high. 

Now, due to this, there are numbers of Outlook users seeking a reliable solution on how to repair damaged PST file. Moreover, if you are facing any corruption issue with Outlook PST file and want to know what are the reasons, preventions and how to repair Outlook corrupted PST files, then you are on the right page. Because here in this blog we are going to cover all the above queries.

As we said above the here we cover the queries about Outlook corruption, then let’s start with the reason for the corruption. 

Reason for Outlook Corruption 

Well, this issue does not occur due to one reason, in fact, according to Microsoft there are multiple reasons that are responsible for this “PST corruption” and here in this section, we are going to discuss some major of them. This helps you in order to repair damaged PST file

If your Outlook PST data file is exceeded its storage limits then you will notice corruption in your PST file 

If you are sharing the same PST on the same network then there is a chance of 

If your Outlook data files are damaged or have become corrupt then you will encounter the same

Some of the Antivirus programs also interfere with the Outlook program and due to an antivirus program, you may notice this same error with your Outlook.

Now we know the reasons for Outlook PST corruption So, without ado let discuss what are the factors that help you protect your PST file to be corrupted. 

How to Protect Your PST File To Be Corrupted 

Here in this section, we are going to discuss some prevention tips so that you no need to repair damaged PST file in the future.

#Tip 1: Close Outlook Properly

Will we all know that there are a few steps for every application for the proper shutdown? But there are lots of users who do not follow the steps and just close the Outlook program forcefully which affects the Outlook data file. So make sure that you always close the application the way it has to be. For proper Outlook, shutdown follows the below steps to close the Outlook program.

To close the Outlook first click on the File Menu. 

After that click on the Exit option for a proper shutdown of the Outlook program.

# Tip 2: Do Not ShutDown the Machine 

Like the application always remember that do not shut down your system if the Outlook program is running in the background. Because it will affect the Outlook mailbox data. So, to protect your Outlook PST file it is important that you first close the Outlook, then shut down your system.

#Tip 3: Control the Size of Outlook Mailbox

As we said above an oversize Outlook PST file is one of the reasons for Outlook data file corruption. And if we talk about the reasons for oversized Outlook PST files, then there are various like duplicate data files, large size attachments, and other Outlook data kinds of stuff. So it is very important to clean all the junk files or folders from your Outlook mailbox to maintain the size of the Outlook PST file.

Now, after knowing the prevention tips of the Outlook data file. Now, lets, discuss how to repair Outlook corrupted PST file

How to Repair Damaged PST File

Well, if you are looking for a free method to repair a corrupted PST file, then there is great news for you. Microsoft Outlook provides its own Inbox Repair Tool to which is also known as ScanPST.exe. This tool will help you to repair the corrupted PST file.

But before using it you have to locate the Scanpst.exe according to your Outlook version and for your ease here in this section, we are going to discuss all the locations of Scanpst.exe according to Outlook versions.

ScanPST Location and Outlook Versions

Outlook 2019 & 2016 

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16

Outlook 2013: 

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15

Outlook 2010: 

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14

Outlook 2007: 

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12

After finding the ScanPST.exe you have done half of the task in order to repair damaged PST file.

Double click on the Scanpst.exe program to run it 

Now, click on the  Browse button to browse your PST file

After that click on the Start button to start the scanning process.

After the scanning process, if the ScanPST.exe finds any corruption, then click on the Repair button to start the fixing process

Will, Scanpst.exe is a nice utility to repair the Outlook corruption. But this tool has one limitation which is it only capable of repairing the header of the PST files. Also, the tool is not able to repair large PST files. 

Now, in this situation, users have only one solution left that is a third-part tool SysTools PST File Repair Tool is the tool. The best part about this tool is that it is capable to repair minor as well as major corruption from the Outlook PST file. Along with this, the tool also comes with the option to recover deleted Outlook data files and gives you an option to save the recovered data into different file formats such as PST, PDF, MSG, HTML, and EML.


We all know that PST is very prone to be corrupted and there are many users facing this issue with Outlook. Now, after considering the requirement here in this blog we have discussed prevention as well as the free method to repair damaged PST file.

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