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How to recover a broken pst file?

I have a old pst file. When I try to open it in Outlook I get an error message: 'This is not a pst file'.
I also tried to use the scanpst.exe tool but I get the same error message.
How can I repair this file (which is definitely a pst file used before) and recover all data from the file?
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ambisasia
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sunray_2003Commented:
What version of outlook you have ?

Make sure your OL is fully updated going to http://officeupdate.microsoft.com

What this PST file created from a different outlook version ?

Right-click the PST file , go to properties and make sure READ-ONLY is not enabled. If it is ,uncheck it and then opening in outlook.

Have you tried to import this PST file in Outlook going to file > import and export > import .... ?

Depending on the OS , check if you ran scanpst this way

go to start --> run --> C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033
in that open scanpst file
Once it is open , browse and give the location of the outlook.pst file

Post back

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ambisasiaAuthor Commented:
OS Version is Windows XP Service Pack 2
Outlook 2003

File was created in Outlook 2003 and Read-Only is off

When I try to open it in Outlook I get the following error:
'The file C:\... archive.pst is not a personal folders file.'

When I try to use 'Import and Export' I get the same error.

When I try to use the scanpst.exe I get the following error:
'The Inbox Repair Tool does not recognize the file C:\... archive.pst. No information can be recovered.'

Is there any way to repair the file?
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sunray_2003Commented:
In which version of OL , you created that PST file ?

Did you try to run that scanpst and check ?
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ambisasiaAuthor Commented:
PST File was created in Outlook 2003 and Read-Only is off

When I try to use the scanpst.exe I get the following error:
'The Inbox Repair Tool does not recognize the file C:\... archive.pst. No information can be recovered.'
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sunray_2003Commented:
Is your outlook.pst file fine or in other words can you import that fine ?

can you create a new profile in outlook and in that check if you can import this archive.pst file ?

what is the size of this archive.pst ?

You can try other tools here
http://www.slipstick.com/problems/scanpst.htm

SR
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ambisasiaAuthor Commented:
the pst file is not fine...
When I try to open it in Outlook I get the following error:
'The file C:\... archive.pst is not a personal folders file.'
When I try to use 'Import and Export' I get the same error.

The file size is 550MB
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sunray_2003Commented:
Since pst file was not fine , I had asked you to check if you can recover it using "other tools" in the above slipstick link .
didn't it help you atall
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ambisasiaAuthor Commented:
Hi sunray 2003,

Thanks for all the suggestions.
Unfortunately none of the software in your link was able to repair the file.
The only software which could access the file was EasyRecovery Pro.
But even here I got an error that the file is empty and can not be recovered (But the file size is 550MB and there have been data in when I created it).
So I think I the file is just too damaged to repair... or is there any other chance?

MM
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