corrupted Outlook .pst file
Posted on 2007-11-24
I'm using Outlook 2007 on Vista, with a POP3 connection. It's been fine till today I created a new Calendar, exported as an ".ics" file and moved it to Groove. When I double clicked the ".ics" file from Groove, I got the infamous Outlook error message. From that point on it always gives me this message.
"Cannot start Micrsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook windows. The set of folders cannot be opened. Errors have been dected in the file D:\Document\Outlook\Outlook.pst. Quit Outlook and all mail-enabled applications, and then use the Inbox repair tool (Scanpst.exe) to diagnose and repair erros in the file. For more information about the Inbox repair tool, see Help".
I tried the Scanpst.exe. It was scannig the file when it ran into a fatal error. This is the last line in the log "Fatal Error: 80040818". I rebooted Vista. Strangely during reboot it checked disk consistency or something thinking there was a disk problem. Not sure what it did. I also tried some recovery tool such as "Advanced Outlook Repair" from DataNumen, which ended with a critical error to Windows and had to be closed. Looks like there's something seriously wrong with the .pst file.
Please help! All of my work emails and contacts are in this .pst file. Worst come the worse can I send someone this file to recover as much as possible? Thanks!