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Friday, June 24, 2011

How to Repair the Outlook Data PST file with the ScanPST tool

This is a how-to document on the topic of repairing the Outlook Data PST file using the ScanPST tool included with Microsoft Office.

Note: This document assumes that the location of the PST file is known. If it is not known, see the www.microcentertech.com document titled "How to Find the PST file in Outlook 2010."

  1. Close Outlook if it is open.
  2. Open up Computer or My Computer.

    Open Computer
  3. Open the Local Disk (C:) drive by double-clicking on it.

    Open Local Disk C
  4. If the Program Files (x86) folder exists, open that folder. Otherwise, open the Program Files folder.

    Program files

  5. Open the Microsoft Office folder.

    Microsoft Office folder
  6. Open the highest numbered Office00 folder. In this example there are Office12 and Office14 folders, so the Office14 folder would be the appropriate folder.
    Note: These are numbered this way due to different versions of Office. Office 2007 was known as Office12, and Office 2010 is Office14.
  7. Locate and open the Scanpst file on the list.

    SCANPST file
  8. Click Browse and select the Outlook Data PST file to be repaired.

    Repair Tool
  9. Click Start to begin the repair process. If prompted to make a backup first, it is recommended to do so.


  1. This is a good fix for Outlook not shutting down - which can be verified by looking for a process called Outlook after you have closed the application.

  2. Hello,

    Scanpst.exe is a hidden file so sometimes user is not able to find it. To make it visible follow the below steps :

    Windows 7 and Vista :

    Click Start -> Control Panel. Under Control Panel, click Appearance and Personalization.
    Click on folder option -> View tab -> Advanced settings. In Files and Folders option -> under Hidden files and folders -> select Show hidden files and folders option.

    Windows XP :

    Click Start -> Control Panel -> Folder Options -> Under View tab select Show Hidden Files and Folders option.



  3. This post describes how to repair Outlook data PST file with the Scan PST file. The tool seems easy to use. The steps are given to repair your Outlook data PST file. All you need to do is just follow the steps and you will be able to repair Outlook data PST.
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  4. To repair outlook data pst file with scanpst tool, first of all you need to go for scanpst.exe download and then it will take only few minutes to perform the PST repair process.

  5. Hello there,
    My Outlook scanpst always creates problem and due to this i couldn't work properly as this inbuilt tool fails to fix PST files, this problem is solved by this descriptive blog, as to fix scanpst there are number of ways but there are some problem in the exe which cannot be resolved easily and so need the tool to be download from internet.


  6. Microsoft Outlook PST files are susceptible to corruption due to virus attacks, header corruption of PST files, power failure and oversize file size limit of 2 GB etc. PST corruption might result in to nightmare of data loss stored in PST file. As PST file contains emails, calendar items, contact addresses, journals, tasks, notes etc. PST file corruption is the worst scenario which an Outlook user faces. Kernel for PST repair tool short out this problem with best results. For more details about this tool visit here : www.recoveryfiles.org/outlook-pst-recovery.html

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  8. Hello there,
    My Outlook was corrupted and it is not working anymore, one of my friend advised me to PST but didn't told me the way to do so. After searching for the software i came to know how to repair outlook 2010 pst after scanpst error and found it very easy in fact. If someone is still suffering from this problem can download the software to make PST work proper.


  9. Hello, I am using outlook 2010 and I was facing problems like PST file used to not open many times. In-built scan PST also couldn't fix my problem. Then I used a repair software to fix this issue and now no error occurs with my outlook PST file. The software works good and if some one facing with such issues can try this repair tool.