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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

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How to Repair OST File using Scanost.exe?

If your OST file got damaged or corrupted and you are facing synchronization problem with the exchange mailbox then use OST integrity check tool or Inbox repair tool (scanost.exe) that will resolve synchronization and damage issue of OST file.

Scanost.exe is inbuilt utility installed on your computer when you install Microsoft outlook. This tool rebuilds the header of data item and reset the file structure to repair the offline data files. 

Procedure to execute Inbox Repair Tool (Scanost.exe)

Step 1: Close MS outlook and other applications that are using it.

Step 2: Locate scanost.exe file using directory structure c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 12

[Note: Directory structure is different for different version of Microsoft Office and Operation System]


Step 3: Double click on scanost.exe

scanost.exe steps

Step 4: If you setup outlook profile the tool will prompt you to choose profile, here select one profile from the profile name list that contain OST file you want to check. 

Step 5: Then you will be prompted to connect or work offline, Click connect.

Step 6: Select the option according to your scan preference if you want that tool will repair the error during scan then Select repair error checkbox. If you deselect this checkbox then tool will create a scan log but doesn’t make necessary corrections.

Step 7: Click Begin Scan.

Step 8: To view the scan log open outlook, Deleted items folder contain scan log with subject ‘OST integrity check’. This inbox repair tool doesn’t scan deleted items folder

scan log

Drawbacks of Inbox Repair Tool (Scanost.exe)

  • It cannot handle major corruption issues of OST file 
  • This method is quite lengthier and involve the possibility of data loss as most of the bad header files get deleted


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