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How to Repair Damaged PST in MS Outlook using scanpst.exe tool

You can use scanpst.exe tool which is preinstalled in MS Outlook to repair corrupted or damaged PST file. Scanpst.exe is an inbox repair tool which is used to find errors and repair them in Outlook data files (both OST and PST).  

Running scanpst.exe tool to find Error in Outlook Data Files

Note: Close Outlook before starting the PST repairing tool.

Scanpst.exe is located under different directories depending on which version of Outlook you are using and also it depends on the operating system. You can simply search type scanpst.exe in search box to access this tool.
Or you can locate scanpst.exe using below mentioned path for your different Outlook versions and type of OS.

After locating the scanpst.exe file in your system double click launch the tool.
Click on Browse button to locate the PST file to repair.
Click start button to start repair of PST file.
You can also choose options like Replace Log, Append to Log and No log.
Click on Repair button in case you want to take a backup of scanned file before repairing make sure you have click on checkbox button as shown. For backup copy you need to provide a path where you want to store the PST file.

Advantages of Microsoft Outlook Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe)

  • Preinstalled with Outlook: You don’t have to install a third party tool to repair your damaged PST. You can try Outlook inbox Repair Tool which is absolutely free of cost and preinstalled in every version of Outlook.
Limitation of Microsoft Outlook Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe)
  •  No Auto Scanning of PST feature: User needs to locate PST file himself. There should be auto scanning feature.
  • Failed to repair PST most of the time: Microsoft Office Outlook inbox repair tool fails to repair PST file in case PST is totally damaged or corrupt.
  • Minimalistic but not a user friendly interface: The interface of Scanpst.exe tool from Outlook is minimalistic but it is not user friendly you need to work hard to located and repair your PST file.


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