Learn How to Scan PST in Outlook 2007?

Microsoft Outlook 2007 is industry standard email client. Many organizations depend on it for emailing, tasks, calendaring, contacts and so on…..It is often the heart and soul of business. Microsoft Outlook 2007 helps to manage the entire data associated with personal mailbox folder under a single PST file. Outlook 2007 is released with new and stunning features when compared to other older versions. New features include SMS service, integrated RSS aggregator, changed calendar views, To-Do bar, calendar sharing capabilities. The instant search feature of Outlook 2007 helps to organize and instantly locate the information that you need very quickly. All the accounts in Outlook 2007 are managed by Unicode-formatted PST files. These Unicode-formatted PST files are less prone to file size corruption concern. The size limit of Outlook 2007 PST file is increased to 20GB, there by minimizing the chance of corruption because of oversized PST file.

However, as you know that there is no end to the problems; PST files are prone to corruption even after providing high security to PST files by adding new features to Outlook. The PST file that contains the precious data for Outlook 2007 is fragile one, and when it breaks you cannot access your data like contacts, journals, emails messages, contacts etc. It may even produce several error messages on Outlook start up.

In such critical conditions Microsoft provides an inbox-repair tool called scanpst.exe, which is your first-aid-kit when it comes down to corruptions in your PST file. This tool can efficiently fix the minor corruption issues but if the corruption issue is severe then most of the times scanpst.exe fails to fix the corrupted PST file. Fortunately in such critical situations you can make use of third party application called scan PST tool which helps to keep the integrity of that data file intact. Easy-to-use interface provided in this tool helps you to scan the PST file to fix the corruption issues without any experts help. An added advantage of using this software is its ability to even perform corrupt OST file repair on all the versions of MS Outlook.

Possible reasons behind PST file corruption include:

  • Abnormal termination of Outlook: Improper exit from the Outlook while accessing PST file might write some garbage or junk value to it making the file corrupt. This may happen due to sudden power surge, operating system malfunction, corruption of the file system. Since PST is a complex database file even a small error tends to have high impact on file contents.
  • Faulty add-ins: Generally add-ins are used to extend the functionality of the Outlook. If you install the faulty add-ins which is not compatible with the Outlook version or conflicts with other add-ins then the Outlook freezes or performs slowly. At first step you should try to uninstall the faulty add-ins and see whether it resolves the problem or not. If not you should use PST repair tool and fix the file.
  • Faults in network devices: Outlook 2007 PST file which resides on the server can be accessed from the client computer via network links. If the devices constituting the network links like hubs, routers, cables, network interface cards have some damage, then the PST file gets severely corrupted upon accessing with the help of these links.
  • Data storage device failure: If the PST files are stored on the bad sectors of the hard drive then you can read only part of the PST file and the read data will be incorrect. Since bad sectors are unusable and unreadable sectors on the hard disk. The files stored on the bad sectors prior to damage will get corrupted severely and becomes inaccessible.
  • Handling large volumes of e-mails at a time: Outlook application gets stuck in between if you try to operate large volumes of email at a single point of time. If you add or delete or send large volumes of mails at the same time, it becomes unmanageable for the Outlook and PST file gets corrupted. So it is always recommended not to overload the application with several commands or functions at a time.
  • Improper Outlook upgradation: Generally we upgrade the Microsoft Outlook in order to move from lower versions of Outlook to higher versions of Outlook with advanced features. For instance consider that you are upgrading Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2007. If Outlook update process is interrupted due to sudden power failure, then the PST file gets corrupted, leading to an Outlook error on startup.

However scan PST application can scan corrupt PST and OST file completely in order to fix the file, no matter what the level of corruption might be. It deals with any magnitude of damage and fixes the PST file after any sort of corruption issue. It supports PST file repair in Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008. Powerful built-in recovery engine of this tool helps to repair password protected PST files without breaking the password code. It generates the repaired PST files in Outlook 2003-2010 format to import the repaired PST file easily. It can retrieve lost emails after corrupt PST file repair at your finger tips. Other than emails, it can recover other Outlook attributes like tasks, journals, RSS feeds, contacts, calendars and events from corrupt PST files.

This read only software is highly preferred over other third party applications which further damages the original PST file while repairing. Other than Outlook 2007, it can scan Outlook 2010 PST file along with PST files of Outlook 2003 and 2000 corrupted due to virus attack, Outlook malfunction. You can also evaluate the performance of the tool by running the trial version which provides the preview of repaired file. If you are satisfied with the repair results then go ahead and buy the complete version to save recovery results.

Tips to be followed:

  • Always keep the updated copy of the PST files so that you cam easily restore them when deleted accidentally.
  • Use unlimited power supply to avoid voltage fluctuations resulting in abnormal termination of Outlook profile.
  • Never overload the Outlook application with too many commands at a single point of time.
  • Always delete unwanted mails to prevent Outlook PST file oversize issue. To know more about corruption you can log on to http://www.scan-pst.net/corrupt.html.

Follow some simple steps to scan Outlook 2007 PST file:

Step A: Download and install the application on your PC. Now launch the application. After launching the application a window appears withe three options i.e. "Open PST File", "Find PST File", and "Select Outlook Profile" as illustrated in Fig 1

Scan Outlook 2010 PST - Home Page

Fig 1: Welcome Page

Step B: Select appropriate option from the mentioned three categories and on next page choose any scanning method and the destination path to save the PST file. Now click on "Repair" button to start the fixing process as illustrated in Fig 2

Scan Outlook 2010 PST - Start Scanning Process

Fig 2: Select Scanning Process

Step C: The application scan the PST file of Outlook 2007 completely and fix the corruption issues involved. Finally it recovers all the attributes of your Outlook profile and displays it on the window as illustrated in Fig 3

Scan Outlook 2010 PST - Recovered Outlook Folders

Fig 3: Preview Outlook Data

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