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Five reliable Outlook PST file repair tools

Outlook PST files can become corrupted -- and when that happens, work grinds to a halt. If your organization relies on Outlook, one of these tools could save the day.

Outlook is the industry standard groupware tool. Organizations depend on it for email, calendaring, tasks, contacts... it is often the heart and soul of a business. However, the file that contains the precious data for Outlook is a fragile one, and when it breaks it can be a nightmare to repair. Fortunately, plenty of tools out there can help keep the integrity of that data file intact. Which ones are the most reliable and safe to use? Which ones will bring the file back from the dead? Let's take a look at five that can effectively tackle the task.

Note: Always back up your data file before using any tool on it.

1: Built-in cleaner: Scanpst

Outlook has a built-in PST cleaner called Scanpst. It's not the tool you will use when a PST file is really broken, but it's one of the most reliable for smaller issues. I have used this tool more than any other, mostly because I know it won't completely fubar a PST file. You generally wind up having to run Scanpst more than once to get the data file completely clean. I've used it up to five times on a PST file before it will come up with zero errors. But it works.

2: Kernel Recovery for PST

Kernel Recovery for PST is the cleaner I use when the PST file is really broken. This tool is powerful and offers a number of features not found in other cleaners. One of my favorite features (although not unique) is the ability to split an overly large PST file into smaller archives. That alone makes this tool worth having. Beyond that, its ability to repair a severely broken PST file is unrivaled. You can download a demo of this tool, but you won't be able to do any repairing with it. Kernel Recovery for PST costs $49.00 (home use), $199.00 (corporate license), and $299.00 (technician license). It's worth the cost of entry.

3: Outlook PST Repair and Recovery Software

Outlook PST Repair and Recovery Software from Disk Doctors can quickly and safely recover the usual suspects from a damaged Outlook ST file: messages, folders, appointments, meeting requests, contacts, tasks, task requests, journals, and notes. This tool also supports the recovery of password-protected PST files, as well as compressed encryption and high encryption PST files. The one downfall of DD PST Repair is that it supports only Outlook 2000, 2002/XP, 2003, and 2007. A single user license for DD PST Repair costs $149.00.

4: Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair

Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair is an excellent tool that can repair even the most severely broken PST file. With it, you can repair corrupt PST files (Outlook 2000, 2003, 2007, and 2010) to recover emails, calendars, contacts, journals, and notes. It will also restore formatting from RTF and HTML messages, as well as repair damage from application malfunction, improper file sharing on LAN/WAN, operating system corruption, disrupted PST compaction, exceeded 2GB file size, PST file header corruption, and malicious software. Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair costs $149.00 for a single license.

5: OutlookFIX Professional

OutlookFIX Professional is unique in that it will attempt to recover deleted information from the PST file. It does the usual cleanup (mail, attachments, calendar, tasks, contacts, journal, etc.) and works on most versions of Outlook (up to 2010). Of all the tools you will use, OutlookFix might well be the quickest and most user-friendly. It's not quite as powerful as Stellar or Kernel PST, but it's just as reliable. This is another PST repair tool that allows you to split the PST into multiple fragments. That means that any PST file over 2 GB can be reduced in size and cleaned up so the data can once again be used. OutlookFIX costs $179.00 for a single license.

Be ready

There are all sorts of reasons why an Outlook PST file can become corrupt. And when it happens, work stops. If you work within any size business that depends upon Outlook, chances are you will need the services of a PST repair tool. Don't get caught unaware. Have one on hand before the need arises.

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35 comments
zeeshanahmed12
zeeshanahmed12

Scanpst.exe definitely repair pst files but upto a certain level as it works only on minor header corruption errors. when the PST file is severely damaged scanost.exe or scanpst.exe does not flags any error rather abandons to work. Where as other specialized ost conversion app recovers all components from Offline ost file. and saves into PST file. get more information from  http://www.outlookrepairtools.com/

romsewllen
romsewllen

Hello Everyone,

I have got a very reliable software in only $49 , you can also check out this tool(Kernel for Outlook PST Repair) from here http://www.repairpst.net . You can efficiently repair and recover all corrupt PST files by using this application.

renecop
renecop

Hi all, I used the Outlook repair toolbox (www.repairtoolbox.com). It works super easy and when I had an issue, customer service helped in a very satisfying way. I can recommend it!

markdoolan12
markdoolan12

Thanks for providing such great information. Scanpst.exe definitely repair pst files but upto a certain level as it works only on minor header corruption errors. when the PST file is severely damaged scanost.exe or scanpst.exe does not flags any error rather abandons to work. Where as other specialized ost conversion app recovers all components from Offline ost file. and saves into PST file. get more information from  http://www.outlookrepairtools.com/ or you can get one great tool from http://www.filerepairtools.com/outlook-pst-repair.html which is available for only $99

Harsimrit
Harsimrit

You can repair your PST files using scanpst.exe but as it has been seen that often it fails due to its limitations so it is advised to use any efficient Third party Tool. Outlook PST Repair Tool is one of the complete solution for all PST files corruption related issues.

cinoralex
cinoralex

I'll prefer you to use the Recovery Toolbox for Outlook which is a great third party repair tool and there is probability of your PST file repair since it repairs even those PST files that other software fails to repair. it's a great utility and i believe it since i have used it http://www.fixpstfile.recoverytoolbox.com/

christina_recovery
christina_recovery

To repair highly corrupted PST file I would recommend RecoveryTools Outlook Recovery software which is capable of performing database recovery at levels of corruptions. This tool is embedded with advance scan option which enables it to recover email from Outlook PST file even if it is permanently deleted. This PST repair application performs flawless recovery and provides distinct export options to store repaired data.

Andersonkole
Andersonkole

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post scanpst.exe worked for me nicely

kathleen.Q
kathleen.Q

Thanks for providing such great & technical information. Scanpst.exe definitely repair ost files but upto a certain level as it works only on minor errors occurred with ost files. at higher corruption status scanost.exe or scanpst.exe does not flags any error rather abandons to work. Where as other specialized ost conversion app recovers all components from Offline ost file. and saves into PST file.

First use a free tool then buy... try it out http://mail2web.com/plugins/Addons/Outlook/Email-Management/OST-To-PST-Converter-Free-Download_1926.html

hirussellsmith
hirussellsmith

Couple days ago, my Outlook PST data became inaccessible. On that occasion, i read this post carefully and used stellar phoenix outlook repair. It granted my lost accessibility with PST file again. 

Thanks for sharing a valuable information. 

DickChase
DickChase

Outlook Repair Toolbox is a Microsoft Outlook repair tool to restore .pst and .ost files

Repair data from files larger than 2 GB

MS Outlook PST repair tool also enables you to convert *.OST files to *.PST format

Read corrupted *.OST files for all versions

You may get it from http://www.outlook.repairtoolbox.com/

syncmaster57
syncmaster57

I will suggest you to use Kernel for Outlook PST Repair Tool. Because it helped me in past when i lost access to my Outlook Profile then it repaired my pst file and gave me access to my emails and data successfully.

Charlie Benz
Charlie Benz

PST Recovery Software !! Really amazing application. It resolve my issue to recover corrupt PST file without any data loss within a fraction of seconds. 

Jcharles Brown
Jcharles Brown

This is a nice post. Before reading this blog i have tested “remo repair outlook” to fix damaged outlook files and this user friendly software repaired all files in few mouse clicks.

ooiver123
ooiver123

I was searching for a solution on Google. I found 3rd party tool named "kernel for PST recovery" and I was able to repair my outlook PST file with the help of this tool

duplicateremover
duplicateremover

In the darkness of corruption i got PST recovery software from http://www.pstrecovery.net/ and it helped me to get the PST data after a heavy corruption. This is the capable software which can also be used to get the deleted pst data like emails etc.

pearlfairy
pearlfairy

You can repair your PST files using scanpst.exe but as it has been seen that often it fails due to its limitations so it is advised to use any efficient Third party Tool. Outlook PST Repair Tool is one of the complete solution for all PST files corruption related issues. You can find it here: http://www.scptout.com

avronlucas
avronlucas

So the company runs SCEP and it picked up a virus within a users PST file as stated below: Malware file path: file:_C:\Temp\Outlook Express\zgolden.dbx->(Message.24684: gfisher@pnp.co.za - Screensavers)->(part0004:backgrounds.com.doc)->(Ole Stream 0)->Backgrounds.com.exe Remediation action: Quarantine Action status: Failed I have many such cases, but cannot find a solution as to get to this message and either delete it. Is there a solution to this with the exception of physically opening the PST file in Outlook and searching for the mail manually?