Outlook 2003 PST file Corruption

Posted on 2011-10-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have several corrupt PST files.  When we try to open we get the message, this is not an Outlook data file.  We ran the Inbox repair utility.  Also we ran the PS2tb.exe.   We tried other tools but they also failed.  In reviewing a couple of the fixes with a Hex editor, all we see is This is padding!, over and over.  Is there any way to recover these files?  

Question by:jfhayes
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    In normal circumstances, I would have suggest scanpst, but it sounds like you are beyond that. I do see that others have fixed this problem, though:
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    Your files are filled with useless data(This is padding), so it is impossible to recover any valid data from your corrupt PST files.

    You need to find out how your PST files are getting corrupt. It looks like that the string "This is padding" is filled by some software when it fails copy the PST files from a hard disk or CDROM.

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    by:Brian B (TBone2K)
    The question was can the files be recovered. If the information provided did not help, then the answer is "no" as stated by an expert.

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    Following an 'Objection' by TBone2K (at to the intended closure of this question, it has been reviewed by at least one Moderator and is being closed as recommended by the Expert.
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