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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.

Other options?

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91 comments
camrinjohn
camrinjohn

Corrupt Outlook PST file could be recovered by taking help of Outlook recovery tool which is empowered by two effective recovery modes namely, Standard Mode and Advance Mode.

Read more- http://www.fixpstfile.net/

techorbital
techorbital

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. A detailed comparison of few best Outlook PST Recovery software is available herehttp://www.outlookrepairtools.com/comparison/

techorbital
techorbital

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/comparison/

techorbital
techorbital

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/comparison/

techorbital
techorbital

Sometimes, though, your luck may not be that good and your entire data file (PST) gets so damaged or corrupted that Outlook refuses to open the file altogether. In this type of situation, you have to repair the pst file using  tools. Here is comparison of few best pst repair tools available http://www.outlookrepairtools.com/comparison/

pittbradd
pittbradd

There are certain methods which can resolve the issue of PST file corruption but use Outlook PST recovery tool for complete recovery of emails, notes, calendar, sent items, deleted emails, attached files, tasks, images and drafts from your outlook PST mailbox.


For free trial version- http://www.outlookpstrepair.recoveryfix.com

alina95benz
alina95benz

Sometimes, though, your luck may not be that good and your entire data file (PST) gets so damaged or corrupted that Outlook refuses to open the file altogether. In this type of situation, you have to repair the pst file using  tools. Here is comparison of few best pst repair tools available http://www.outlookrepairtools.com/comparison/

romyymartin
romyymartin

If you are searching a tool that really helps you in resolving Outlook corruption, use RecoveryFix for Outlook recovery software which recovers emails from broken PST and the PST corrupted due to size limitation error.

Try free trial version- http://www.free.pstrepairoutlook.com

nathanlyon121
nathanlyon121

By using http://www.pst.msoutlookrepair.com tool to repair and recover corrupt Outlook PST files. More advanced features: support all MS Outlook versions and all Windows OS. It is much capable of restoring all items such as emails, contacts, tasks and all other items in PST files.

chutiyasunilsharma1
chutiyasunilsharma1

Outlook PST Recovery is a reliable solution to repair and recover Outlook personal storage file '.PST'. After repair, the contents are restored to a new importable PST file. The application also facilitates the recovery of folders.

Timlaw57
Timlaw57

You should use http://www.pstrepair.net tool. This tool is fully capable of recovering the corrupt or damaged PST files without any original data loss.

chutiyasunilsharma1
chutiyasunilsharma1

You can use Outlook PST repair tool which is an advanced PST Recovery utility designed to repair and recover corrupt emails from Microsoft Outlook.To know more visit and download trial version from 

chutiyasunilsharma
chutiyasunilsharma

If you are facing problem of fix corruption issues from corrupt PST files, then in situation, I would like to suggest you to try tool which is fully capable of recovering all items such as note, tasks, journal, calendars, emails and etc.  

mominulhaque88
mominulhaque88

 If you are facing problem of fix corruption issues from corrupt PST files, then in situation, I would like to suggest you to try http://www.pstfix.com tool which is fully capable of recovering all items such as note, tasks, journal, calendars, emails and etc.

jinnypeeter
jinnypeeter

PST file is the most important file of the outlook application when it becomes corrupt a user unable to access MS Outlook application. To repair PST file you can http://www.outlookpstrepairtools.com download outlook pst repair tool in your Computer.

rickamverd
rickamverd

All pst files aren't indexed so this could take a long time if you try it this way.In the darkness of corruption i got Outlook Recovery Toolbox from: http://www.pstrepair.oemailrecovery.com/ 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.

premsharmac
premsharmac

Sometimes, though, your luck may not be that good and your entire data file (PST) gets so damaged or corrupted that Outlook refuses to open the file altogether. In this type of situation, you have to repair the pst file using  tools. Here is comparison of few best pst repair tools available http://www.outlookrepairtools.com/comparison/

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