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Corrupted .pab File

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My personal address book (.pab file) is corrupted...Outlook can't read it.  I know SCANPST.EXE will repair a folder (.pst or .ost) but is there a utility that will repair a .pab file?  Thanks.
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by:reddarin
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mrjlal,

I can't recall ever having seen a tool to recover a personal address book.

Why do you say it is corrupted? Can you post the error message that you get when you try to access it?

Darin
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by:mrjlal
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The error message says "The file is either not accessible or is not a personal address book."  This is when I try to assign the .pab file as a Personal Address Book in "Services" menu item in Outlook.  Some background...I had a hard drive crash and had to have the whole thing recovered.  My .pst file was also damaged but I got it repaired with scanpst.exe.  That's why I'm pretty sure that's the problem.  Thanks.
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by:mrjlal
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Nothing ever in the clear!

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by:reddarin
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Yeah, I think you've pretty much covered it. As I said, I can't think of ever hearing of any tool to recover a PAB, but if I run across one, I'll let you know.

Darin
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by:mrjlal
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Darin,
Dang, I just now see that you're the "Big Daddy" of the Outlook section...if you don't know I'm probably sunk.  I wonder if something like a general data recovery program would at least provide a string of data that I could parse or even re-type.  Many of the addresses I don't have anywhere else.  Thanks!
Mark
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by:reddarin
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:)

A few months ago at the company I was working at, a PAB that was used for IT distribution lists became corrupt and the guy that used it had to just recreate it by hand. Of course, for him it was just picking the names out of the GAL.

The problem with recovering the data in the PAB is the fact that the structure of the file is not published. Since no one but MS knows how the bits are arranged in the file it is pretty unlikely that recovery is possible.

I will check around though in case someone has come up with a solution.

Darin
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by:reddarin
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It is a long shot, but check the file attributes to make sure the PAB is not Read-Only.
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by:reddarin
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You might be able to salvage a lot of the addresses by opening a copy the PAB file with Notepad or Wordpad and just scanning through it.

I did it just now with a copy of my PAB and I was able to make out all (I think) of the addresses.

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by:mrjlal
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Darin,
I finally got around to checking out your suggestion about opening the file with Notepad...that did work, as far as getting the addresses recovered.  Now just a little typing and I'll be back to where I was.    

Please answer and I'll give you the points.
Thanks,
Mark
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:)

I'm glad that worked for you. I suppose if more than just the header had been hosed you would have lossed most of the file if not all of it.

Darin
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