Tool to fix Corrupt OUTLOOK PST file

Posted on 2011-02-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a corrupt OUTLOOK PST file that is rather large and needs
fixing. I ran "scanpst.exe" and it fails. I have looked for a tool to
fix, and every tool fix's the file then wants either money or a key
(money) to fix the file.
Does anyone know of a totally free tool that is capable of fixing
large and corrupt PST file.

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If you are using Outlook 2003 or higher and the problem is just an oversized PST file you could increase the allowed PST file size using Microsoft recommandations: How to configure the size limit for both (.pst) and (.ost) files in Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007, and in Outlook 2003 and then you could still use the SCANPST tool.
Anyway - even you could safely use the oversized PST file (I use one of 30GB) it's NOT recommended only because of possible performance problems, and also the repairs will take too long, so after you repair your PST is better to "archive" your messages and the compact you PST file - for this check the following article: How to manage.pst files in Outlook 2007, in Outlook 2003, and in Outlook 2002.
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I am looking to find a tool to fix PST files...all the links above go to products that work but to save the fixed file you need to register and pay.
Its fine changing/increasing the limit, but I am looking for a tool that allows me to fix.
Like I said, I used scanpst.exe and it stops working after a while of attempting to fix. Other tools fix but I need to subscribe etc.
I would be grateful to download a product that fixes.

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Did you try SCANPST AFTER you increase the PST file size and didn'work?... because it shoud work but AFTER you increase the PST allowed size from registry... otherwise you'll have to pay for a tool that will work without that registry settings...
Don't forget to restart your PC atfer modifying the registry keys to have the new size correctly loaded!

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First take backup of PST then split your pst and try to recover through tool which you tried.

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SCANPST did not complete so I am unable to use this tool.
Like I said I am lookign for a product to fix this. if what you are saying there are no "free" tools available
then I am forced to purchase a tool.

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As far as I know, there are no free tools except for scanpst.

However, you may select the cheapest one that works from the following list of Outlook recovery tools:


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you can do one thing.just add that corrupt pst into outlook 2010, it will give come error but will work fine. then u can just export that pst into new pst.
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As I said before, SCANPST cannot complete the repair if you don't do that registry tweaks to "extend" the PST file size (and restart you PC)...
If you did that registry changes and SCANPST still don't finish the repair in this case you must buy a 3rd party tool that chcw already recommended.

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I exported the file and this seemed to resolve this

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It fixed my issue

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