CRC Error can't read file - corrupted Outlook.pst file

Hi

My hard disk is corrupted by the look of it.

99% is fine, but it is picking up CRC errors here and there, and one of the files in question is my Outlook.pst file

It is about 1.5GB and has 5 years worth of emails on it, so I don't want to lose it.

When Outlook opens it says 'Unable to display the folder. The file C:\Documents and Setting\.......\Outlook\Outlook.pst could not be acessed.

I've got a new hard disk, and am slaving the old one to get the data off.

However, when I try to copy this Outlook.pst file, it says CRC error - cannot access file - so I can't open it in any way - let alone start looking for an application to repair it.

So this is what I need advice on...

1) How can I copy this file (errors and all) when the Windows OS won't open it ?

2) Once I have it copied to the new HD, what application shall I use to repair it ?

I have tried CHKDSK /f to no avail.

Please help !

Thanks
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milkmon123Asked:
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mcp_jonCommented:
If using Win XP or 2003, then boot to the Recovery Console and type " CHKDSK /P ", which will enforce the /R, to do a MOST deeper scanning of your disks.

Also you can try to find the " Microsoft Inbox Repair Tool ", here is the help " http://support.microsoft.com/kb/287497/ "

Here you can get the File " http://www.emailaddressmanager.com/outlook/repair.html "

Best Regards !
milkmon123Author Commented:
Hi

Thanks - but the CRC error (cyclic redundancy check) usually means a bad sector, whereby the disk actually has a physical flaw, that no amount of chkdsk will sort.

I need something like ontrack or whatever - any suggestions ?

I remember a while back someone suggesting booting from a Linux disk and copying the file like that...

Any suggestions ?

Thanks

Matt
mcp_jonCommented:
The disk is the UB CD !

I stated to do the Recovery Console " CHKDSK /P or /R "

Best Regards !
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milkmon123Author Commented:
Hi

I don't want something to repair the file, as this will not work - it will see the bad sector and simply return CRC and label that sector as unuseable.

What I need is a util that will read the data no matter what, then save to the good disc, so I can do an Outlook Rescue / Repair on the copied version.

Thanks

Matt
mcp_jonCommented:
Read a bit on this CHKDSK, not reachable via Normal Operation,
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/bootcons_chkdsk.mspx?mfr=true " .

Tools to Recover Files :

http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm                         Spinrite
http://www.runtime.org/                              GetDataBack NTFS or FAT
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                              Stellar
http://www.bitmart.net/                              Restorer 2000
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html                    Restoration
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/activeundelete.html               Active undelete
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm               pc Inspector
http://www.handyrecovery.com/download.shtml                    Handy Recovery
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/smartrecovery.html               flash recovery
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/               Easy Recovery
http://www.cgsecurity.org                              Test Disk + utils
http://www.z-a-recovery.com/setup.exe                    zero assumption
http://www.stompsoft.com/recoverlostdata.html                    Recover Lost Data
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/                         RecoverMyFiles
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-1035_11-1051391.html#          Disk Commander
http://us.mcafee.com/root/package.asp?pkgid=105               EasyRecovery

Best Regards !

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milkmon123Author Commented:
Sorry for not accepting your answer earlier.

Your advice was spot on, and you were very helpful.

Thanks again.

Matt
mcp_jonCommented:
Matt,

No problem !

That 's why we exist, to respond and to Clean !

Best Regards !
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