My Outlook PST file is corrupt. I tried using scanpst.exe like you suggested, but I still can’t recover my Outlook email. What other options do I have? I really need my email.
SCANPST.EXE is usually a viable solution. I’m assuming since you’re writing that you don’t have a backup of your Outlook data. Before you read any further, promise me that you’ll commit to backing up your Outlook data in the future. Here’s a fairly simple free way to backup Outlook automatically. If you prefer the lazy backup method, download True Image and automate your backup that way. Either way, start backing up today, so you do waste time attempting to fix your data problems when they happen in the future. On to the solution…
Repairing Your PST File
While SCANPST.EXE usually works, there are times when your PST file needs another solution. If you are getting one of the common Outlook error messages:
Outlook.pst can not be accessed- 0x80040116
An unknown error has occurred- 0x80040119
An unknown error has occurred. 0x80040600
Pst has reached the maximum size limit
*.pst is not a personal storage folder file
Outlook.pst file can’t be found
OL2000: Unable to Use Your Personal Folder File if it Exceeds the 2 GB Size Limit
The next best solution is an app called Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair. It’s not free, but the company makes a variety of data recovery solutions and specializes in addressing low level file problems.
Download Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair
The app is designed to repair, recover and restore email, contacts, tasks, notes & calendar items from any corrupted Microsoft Outlook .PST file. It scans your PST and extracts and restores all your data to a new PST file, helping prevent the error from occuring in the future. The demo version of the software allows you to preview 5 e-mails and 20% of your contacts and calendar entries, so you can verify that it’s really getting your data back. Stellar Phoenix works with all versions of Outlook including: 97, 98, 2000, 2002, XP, 2003 and Outlook 2007.
I always recommend you try to use SCANPST.EXE before attempting more drastic recovery measures, but when it fails to work, use Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair instead.