How PST failures can be troubleshot?

What are the reasons behind corruption of PST files?

Is it possible to repair the corrupted PST files with Free Scanpst.exe tool?


PST file is a single file that stores all emails, contacts, appointments, calendar, schedules, shared items, alarms as well as several other valuable data. As it stores large amount of data, it gets corrupted frequently. There are numerous reasons of corruption in PST files. Our PST files may get corrupted due to improper system shutdown or unexpected power loss while updating the contact records or emails. Or there are chances that the file may have grown beyond the size limit of 2GB, which are not supported by some of the older versions.



Free Scanpst.exe is a utility that is provided free of cost by Microsoft for repairing the damaged and corrupted PST files. The only problem that persists is that this free tool is located in difficult-to-find locations by MS Outlook or Office installer. Hence, if searched around all system files, then there are possibilities of finding it. First search it at its default location. As this is hidden file and to view it, users have to enable the option to view hidden file. If still you are not able to find then you can search it around system. Find the location and run to repair corrupted PST file. If you are unable to find it in your system, you can also go for free Download ScanPst.exe from the website, but doing this is not always safe as a user does not know about the qualities of file getting from internet. And downloading from the internet is also not required as all Outlook versions like 2000, XP, 2007 and 2003 always have a copy of scanpst.exe program.


Another drawback of this utility tool is that it has a rather weak capacity of recovering data and resolving errors of PST files. It fails in the middle of the repair process if there is severe corruption or if PST files having size more than 2GB.


So there is third party tool available in the market that performs extremely wonderful job on PST repair and recovery. The biggest asset of all good quality software is that they all provide free trial version to the users that can be easily downloaded and used. If the tool is much more capable in resolving errors than Free Scanpst.exe i.e. the inbuilt tool of Outlook and they are satisfied with it, then they should go for the full version.


How to use Free Scanpst.exe


Install the application with quick installation wizard. Follow the installation wizard, for successfully set up the application.

Step 1

From the desktop short cut launch the application. select the corrupted PST file

Step 2

Click next and pursue the on screen instruction to finish it.

Step 3

After the finishing of the scanning process the Free Scanpst.exe shows the preview of the recovered items.

Step 4

After viewing the lost folder in the recovered items there are the licensed keys opposite to each of them. Go for the licensed keys to save the PST file.


System Requirements

Processor : Pentium Class
Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/2003/XP/2000/NT4 (SP6)
Memory : Minimum 256 MB (512 MB recommended)
Hard Disk : 50 MB of free disk space
MS Outlook : MS Outlook 2010/2007/2003/2002/2000
Internet Explorer : Version 5 or later

When I was unable to access my PST files, I was virtually shattered. I really did not know how to access my PST files until I recovered it using this PST Repair Software.
Joy McIntosh, Oklahoma