PST Not a Valid Personal Folders File
Posted on 2011-02-11
A client had a Server 2000 Terminal server go down (2 of 3 drives failed RAID 5.) They did have one recent full and incremental Veritas backup. I have successfully restored all of the user data plus system state (using NT backup and restore) to a new Server 2000 VM (VMware.) I decided to restore to a VM instead of a physical machine for obvious reasons. EVERYTHING works great, even their old software that was developed for them in the early eighties, except one very important .pst file. It was created in either office 97 or 2000 originally. I have tried scanpst, pst-repair-t, Stellar Phoenix, Kernel PST, OnTrack Data Recovery and probably a few others. They all either say it's not a valid file or go through the motions of repairing the file but the end result is absolutely nothing being recovered. No messages, no files, no folders, no contacts. The pst file in question is 1.6GB. So, the size shouldn't be an issue for 2000. I'm not so sure about 97 though. Thanks for any help.