Scanpst.exe Tool: Best Utility To Repair Damaged PST File

Are you scared of frequent corruption or damage of your personal folder file and offline folder files? Do you receive error message while trying to access Outlook mailbox content? If the answer to the above mentioned question is affirmative then it's time for you to be careful. Microsoft Outlook being the most renowned email client application does not remain untouched with data loss or corruption issue. Outlook PST file in which all your data gets stored is very much susceptible to corruption which further renders into a severe data loss problem by making your PST file inaccessible to you. Considering this problem of Outlook users Microsoft introduced an inbuilt utility known as Scanpst.exe.

Microsoft Outlook PST file corrupts due to various obvious reasons such as

  • Severe malware attack
  • Abnormal system shutdown
  • Oversized PST file
  • Improper handling of Outlook application
  • Hardware or software issues

Whatsoever may be the reason behind corruption to the PST file Scanpst.exe tool capable of repairing damaged or corrupt PST file from all possible scenarios. The tool automatically gets installed within the system during Outlook installation. However the default location of Scanpst.exe may vary according to the version of Outlook. 


Scanpst.exe is an inbox repair tool which comes embedded with several unique and outstanding features. Although it is considered as one of the prominent tool to repair damage or corrupt PST file there are times when it happens that while accessing Scanpst.exe tool user experiences the following error messages:

  • Scanpst.exe: An Unknown Error Has Occurred
  • Scanpst.exe is in use by another program
  • Scanpst.exe unable to locate component

Such error messages indicated failure of Scanpst.exe tool in repairing damaged or corrupt Outlook PST file. The inbuilt utility tool fails in either of the cases:

  1. Data inside the PST file gets damaged or
  2. PST file gets oversized

The aforementioned factors acts as limitation of Scanpst.exe tool thus preventing it from resolving PST file corruption issue from your system.

Thus to fix the error problem and to make Scanpst.exe tool run like before you can follow the steps given below:

  • In case of oversized PST file crop the file using a truncation utility that reduces the file size by a specified value. Before doing so make sure you create a valid backup to avoid data loss situation
  • Uninstall and reinstall Scanpst.exe tool and rerun the PST repair process 

However in case if none of the above mentioned methods works then you are left with the only option to use a commercial Outlook PST Repair software tool. The high ending scanning algorithm of the software deeply scan PST bit by bit thus making all your stored data such as emails, contacts, notes, journals, calender entries etc accessible again.

Striking features of PST Repair Tool

  1. Repairs and recover PST file using latest algorithm and technique
  2. Supports recovery of all PST file data such as emails, contacts, notes, appointment settings, journals
  3. Restore emails through properties like Subjects, To, From, CC, BCC, Data etc
  4. Provides a simple and intuitive graphical user interface
  5. Preview list of the recoverable items in thumbnail format
  6. Supports recovery from Outlook versions such as Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010
  7. Highly compatible with Windows based platform including Windows NT, 98, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, ME and Windows 7

So if you are unable to fix PST file corruption issue using inbuilt Scanpst.exe tool it is suggested to download the recommended software to resolve the problem at the earliest.

User Guide: How To Use The Software

Step 1: Install the software with quick installation wizard. Just follow the wizard to successfully install the Outlook PST Repair

Step 2: Launch the Outlook PST Repair from the desktop shortcut. And select the corrupted PST file

Step 3: Click Next and follow the on-screen instruction to finish it. No need to Worry! Your Outlook.pst is in Hand of Professional

Step 4: Once Scanning process is completed, Outlook PST repair will show the previews of all the recoverable components

Step 5: After viewing the lost folder in the recovered item list. Go for the Licence key to save the PST file

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