Introduction: How to Repair Corrupt PST in MS Outlook Free

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There are various reasons for the corruption of PST file in MS Outlook. PST file are personal storage table which stores data in .pst format. Microsoft stores data in either PST or OST format. When a PST file corrupts then can not access it and you need to repair it. In this tutorial we will see how to repair pst file using scanpst tool.

Step 1: Search Scanpst.exe Tool in Your System

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close the outlook and select the scanpst.exe tool which is also known as Microsoft Inbox Repair Tool. The default location is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 15 [for latest outlook 2013]. In case you not able to search simply type scanpst.exe in search box.

Step 2: Click on Browse Button and Locate the PST File.

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You need to select your PST file in order to repair. Also make sure to take backup first of your pst file [simply copy file in other location].

Step 3: Click Start Button to Start Repair of PST File.

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Now start repairing by clicking the start button. This scanpst.exe tool try to repair the pst. It will take some time depending on the size of pst and hardware of your system.

Step 4: Finish

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After Repair is complete check the pst by connecting it to your account. If the tool is not able to repair then you can try Recover Outlook Tool which is better than Inbox Repair tools in terms of UI and Performance.


marlizastapen (author)2017-10-23

Hi, your article precisely and accurately says about Outlook Inbuilt repair option that is about Scanpst.exe. But there are certain major issues regarding with the Inbox repair tool that is the highly corrupted file can’t get repaired by use of Scanpst.exe. Therefore, it is better to opt one of the best professional tools here comes the use of SysTools Outlook Recovery. This utility can repair the minor and major corruptions also helps to import the files to Office 365 and include much more advanced features.

JerryB132 (author)2017-02-01

If your PST file gets corrupted and you are searching a reliable solution for repairing Outlook PST file, In such situation I suggest you before using any paid solution you must try Scanpst.exe inbuilt utility. It's a freeware solution that is provided by Microsoft.

To follow the steps mentioned, here:-

guptashiv (author)2017-01-24

There are lots of professional Outlook PST repair software available on the Web that can help you to fix any kinds of PST corruption issues within seconds. The software also allows you to recover inaccessible or deleted emails and other data from corrupted PST files without tampering any original data. It is compatible with all versions of MS Outlook including MS Outlook 2016/2013/2010/2007/2003/2002/2000/98 and 97. For more information, visit:


avajseph (author)2017-01-18

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AbrahamPatrick14 (author)2017-01-13

Yes, if corruption issues are minor then one can easily repair damaged Outlook PST file by using Inbox repair tool i.e scanpst.exe

Visit to know the steps involve to repair Outlook data file by Microsoft inbuilt utility.

JamBrat (author)2017-01-11

The Inbox Repair tool aka scanpst.exe can only fix header corruption issues. If corruption is severe, it may fail or not work. In such situation, you can try professional recovery solutions. There are many software vendors in the market which provide you such recovery tools with free demo or trial version. DataNumen, OfficeRecovery, SysInfoTools, Kernel and Stellar are few popular names. You can try them. You can compare best PST repair tools in this blog post -

Thanks and best regards.

JohnB166 (author)2016-12-29

If your PST file gets corrupted and you are searching a reliable solution for repairing Outlook PST file, In such situation Microsoft built-in Scanpst.exe utility is the best technique. For more details about scanpst.exe procedure, here:-

GilbertY1 (author)2016-12-27

Useful Outlook PST Recovery software can efficiently recover damaged or corrupt PST files including all mailbox items. This is the reliable email recovery solution which restores all the contents into an importable and accessible PST file.Download now:-

KyleM39 (author)2016-12-03

Recovery is one-stop solution to recover as well as restore corrupt PST files
and restore corruption Outlook mailbox items with great ease.This toolfix up the PST file corruption issues
occurred due to power failure, data storage device failure, registry errors,
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JamesAlison (author)2016-11-24

After getting bad
experience with ScanPST.exe, I read the advice of MVP - CLINT BOESSEN from:

Now, I am confident to run a free demo of Stellar PST Repair.

RichardW38 (author)2016-11-19

Wonderful solution is here Outlook PST Repair Software is a most successful application that performs efficiently most of its time.It uses advanced technologies to scan the corrupt Outlook personal folders (.pst) files and recover your mail messages, folders, posts, calendars, appointments, meeting requests, contacts, distribution lists, tasks, task requests, journals, notes, etc. Checkout more info visit here:-

avajseph (author)2016-11-08

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DavidBenedict (author)2016-11-07


If Outlook user's want to access Outlook emails, or deleted emails from PST file then you should try Outlook PST Recovery Tool.

It provide batter solution of all types of Outlook PST file. It is supported by all MS Outlook version. Free trial version is key feature of this software. Read more detail here :-

FrankBecker (author)2016-10-17

Inbox Repair tool (Scanpst.exe) is completely free PST Repair utility which helps users to search and fix the PST file corruption error to access inaccessible emails. To know more about Scanpst.exe and how to use it, refer to this blog post:-

y2jdavidscott (author)2016-10-03

Effective resolve your all Outlook related issues by just using this Outlook PST Recovery Tool.

It can quickly recover your all Outlook PST items such as notes, emails, tasks, drafts, calendars, contacts, journal and etc with full accuracy.

Get more information :-

stevesmith27 (author)2016-09-25


If you are looking to view your corrupted PST file than prefer to use the free useful third party tool. It helps you to view your corrupted/orphaned PST file without MS Outlook.

For More Info:-

AlishaA9 (author)2016-09-21

Microsoft Outlook recovery tool easily recover
highly corrupt PST files. It scans & extracts inaccessible mailbox data
such as emails, junk emails, drafts, contacts and others from damaged PST files

AnjaliT1 (author)2016-08-19

If you are trying to repair PST file with the help of an inbox repair tool, then you are phasing 2 situations :

In the minor corruption issue: Inbox repair tool is the best inbuilt utility that nicely repair PST file data.

In the major corruption issue: There is not any guarantee, Several times user is not achieving any results.

In that case, you can use a professional utility like Kernel for Outlook PST repair. Read more:

mariatherasus (author)2016-02-28

Hello Mike,

Scanpst can restore inaccessible
emails of MS Outlook 2016 as well. The predefined path of ScanPST.exe in
Outlook 2016 is given below:

32-bit Windows PC: C:\Program Files\Microsoft

64-bit Windows PC: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft

64-bit MS Outlook: C:\Program Files\Microsoft

For more help, one can visit these
two posts:

MartinHoff (author)mariatherasus2016-06-15

Hello Maria,

I will follow the instructions as given by you. I am sure that it would be helpful to repair damaged PST file in Outlook 2016.



EliasM26 (author)2016-04-04

PST repair tool is smartly programmed email repair utility which has many advance features which easily repair the corrupted Outlook PST file errors. Technical license of this PST repair tool can also save the repaired PST file into MBOX file. Go through this link for more about PST repair tool.

simonamreotera (author)2016-03-16

Microsoft offers inbox repair tool to repair Outlook personal storage folder file, but it cannot retrieve permanently deleted mailbox data from inaccessible PST file. If you are not satisfied from this inbox repair tool, then use a professional PST repair utility like RecoveryFix for Outlook PST repair. It is more effective and perfect utility. Read

marksmvpss (author)2016-03-08

If you are unable to fix Outlook PST corruption issues with Scanpst.exe, then you can get the help of Kernel for Outlook PST Repair software. It is a professional tool that allows you to repair and recover critically damaged Outlook PST file within seconds. For more details, visit:

KyleM39 (author)2016-02-03

try this Outlook pst repair software is an effective PST recovery tool Outlook 2007, which
is capable of recovering most important emails or items lost due to Outlook PST
corruption. It solves all types of hardware and software issues that may lead
to PST damage. All the lost data from the corrupt PST files are instantly
scanned and recovered with the help of an efficient algorithm and listed in a
structured manner for users to review. - See more at:

Kaye R.J (author)2015-12-11

If Scanpst.exe usually doesn't work if PST file is heavily corrupted but still as an alternate solution, there are many Outlook Pst Recovery
software which easily repair PST file and is user-friendly such that
even non-technical users can also follow the instructions and use it.

Go through:-

Kaye R.J (author)2015-12-11

If Scanpst.exe usually doesn't work if PST file is heavily corrupted but still as an alternate solution, there are many Outlook Pst Recovery
software which easily repair PST file and is user-friendly such that
even non-technical users can also follow the instructions and use it.

Go through:-

JeffreyK8 (author)2015-10-26

If you are trying to import PST file, but facing "invalid file format" problem issues, then you can use of third party tool :-

KellyD21 (author)2015-10-23

The organization features a wide range of commercial solutions built to resolve majorly damaging corruption issues. . Advance PST Recovery is done for the restore of corrupted Outlook PST files as healthy and useful Outlook files.

aambeer1 (author)2015-06-10

Read the reviews Outlook PST Recovery Software

martinp16 (author)2015-06-08

I would like to suggest you to use of third party tool named as Kernel for Outlook PST Repair tool which is recover all Outlook PST file. The software is also very well supported by all MS Outlook and Windows OS. Download free trial:

jeffreyolin45 (author)2015-05-25

Want to access Outlook emails, or deleted emails from PST file then get honorable Outlook Pst Recovery software which is really an effective solution to repair and recover inaccessible Outlook PST file data safely and securely. Software scan PST file data and then recover it into different platforms like- PST, EML, MSG and HTML.

Read more-

asajwan1 (author)2015-05-25

Download PST Recovery Tool from and repair damaged PST file with this tool. This software is capable of repairing severely corrupted PST files and also repairse password protected PST files

jackson208819 (author)2015-05-19

Read the blog posted at the following web-link: and know easy guideline how to restore Outlook PST file.

andre.williams.94801116 (author)2015-05-19

One more RecoveryFix for Outlook PST Repair Software which is an ultimate solution for fixing, recovering and repairing damaged or lost PST files such as Outlook emails, calendar, folders, tasks, notes, journals, contacts, attachments etc. For more detail visit here :-

rajansrinet (author)2015-05-18

of-course! "inbox repair tool"
(ScanPST.exe) is a reliable solution which is provided by Microsoft
Inc. at free of cost. This utility follows the protocol of data safety
so there is no need to worry about data (email) loss during PST repair
process. To know more information about the Inbox repair tool, must read:

macramon (author)2015-05-15

try this tool, this will help you to recover and convert outlook pst file

seamster (author)2015-05-13

Good tips, thanks!

MikeK15 (author)seamster2015-05-14

Thanks a lot

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