How to Repair Outlook Data Files When ScanPST is Not Available?

ScanPST.exe is the  inbuilt utility that comes in handy to repair Outlook data files like OST and PST. However, if you were unable to find the ScanPST or if the ScanPST is missing, you will not be able to repair the Outlook data files. Stick to the writeup to know what to do when ScanPST is not available and how to repair Outlook data (PST, OST) files without ScanPST.

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Table of contents

  1. About ScanPST: Where is it located?
  2. Why is ScanPST.exe Missing?
  3. Find Missing ScanPST.exe
  4. Is there a better alternative for ScanPST? 
  5. What to Do If Scanpst.exe is Not Working?

About ScanPST:

Microsoft has an inbuilt Scanpst.exe utility to help repair corrupt or damaged outlook files including both OST and PST files. However, ScanPST is not unlike any other utilities that stops working or does not respond.  There can be scenarios where you cannot find ScanPST.

Where is ScanPST?

Generally, ScanPST is installed automatically with all MS Outlook installations and can be located in one of the following locations.

Outlook 2019-32-Bit C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office19

Outlook 2019-64-Bit C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office19

Note: if you are using any older versions of Outlook, you will find it with the respective office folder. If you still cannot locate the ScanPST, you can click here to download ScanPST.exe and locate the path based on the Windows version you may be using on your computer.

Reasons Why ScanPST.exe is Missing

There could be several reasons due to which ScanPST goes missing from the computer. Below listed are a few reasons:

The first reason could be, you finding it challenging to locate the location of ScanPST files. Because, the location of ScanPST.exe can be different depending on whether you have installed Outlook application from Microsoft Store or automatically installed during the Outlook installations.

Sometimes running ScanPST.exe can be prevented due to certain security (sandbox mode) limitations. This may cause the ScanPST.exe file to go missing.

Inappropriate Outlook permissions won’t let ScanPST to run in your computer.  

How to Find Missing ScanPST?

When ScanPST is not available to repair the outlook PST and OST files, all you need to do is find ScanPST using Task Manager and navigate to the file location of the Outlook process.

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  1. Type Task Manager in the search bar and Launch Task Manager on your computer.
  2. On Task Manager, switch to the Processes tab and find Outlook.
  3. Once you have located Outlook, right-click on it and then click on the Open File Location option.
  4. Now, Windows Explorer will open the folder where Outlook is installed. You can then look for ScanPST.exe in that folder.

You can run ScanPST now easily. What if the ScanPST is not responding? How will you repair corrupt or damaged Outlook files when ScanPST is not available?

Do you really need a ScanPST? Is there a better alternative for ScanPST?

As we all know ScanPST is a great option to fix minor corruption in Outlook data files for free. However, ScanPST has its own limitations and you need not depend only on it to fix any Outlook issues. 

Moreover, if the PST file is severely corrupted or damaged then it is risky to use ScanPST as it works directly on the original file. Hence putting your precious Outlook data at risk. So, is there an alternative for this inbox repair tool? Fortunately, yes. 

There are multiple PST or OST repair software that can help you with fixing any Outlook data file related issues without any hassle. SFWare PST Repair is one of the best PST repair tools out there which can help you repair severely corrupt or damaged PST files. See how easily you can repair Outlook PST files using SFWare PST Repair tool in the next section. 

Repair Outlook PST File Without ScanPST

Download and install SFWare PST Repair Software by clicking on the download button and start following the steps mentioned below.

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Step 1: From the main screen, select an appropriate option from the following

Open PST File – If you’re aware of the PST file path present on your  computer

Find PST File – If you do not know the location of Outlook PST file location

Select Outlook Profile – If there are multiple Outlook users/profiles existing on your computer

first step to use PST repair tool


Step 2:  After locating the Outlook data file for repairing process, click on Next option.

Select either Normal Scan or the Smart Scan based on the corruption. Later, select a folder where repaired PST file is to be stored.

Select PST File to Repair


Step 3:  Click on the Repair button and once the repair process is complete, you will be prompted with ‘Your Outlook PST file has been repaired message’.

End Screen



Although Scanpst.exe (Inbox Repair Tool) is an inbuilt utility from Microsoft, you might encounter a trouble when ScanPST is missing or not responding to fix the error on Outlook. However, with the help of SFWare PST repair tool, you easily fix Outlook issues.  The tool that helps to repair severe corrupted Outlook data files and extract all Outlook files including emails and folders and  save them in a new healthy Outlook PST files.

PowerPoint Files Recovery: Recover Deleted or Unsaved PPT/PPTX/PPS Files


Lost your PowerPoint presentation files? Worried about losing your unsaved PPT files? Do not worry, this article is a go to guide to recover PowerPoint files. Be it deleted, lost or unsaved PowerPoint files, with the help of the methods explained here, you will be able to recover PowerPoint files without any hassle.


Recover Deleted Unsaved PowerPoint Files

PowerPoint is one of the most widely used software across the globe both in education and business sectors.  We all know how tedious it is to design a presentation and losing these files can prove to be very costly.  With the help of methods mentioned below, you will be able to recover PowerPoint files from any storage devices(internal/external).

Quick Navigation for Rapid Recovery of PPT Files

Scenarios Recovery from Windows OS Recovery from Mac OS
Deleted PowerPoint Files 1. Recycle Bin

2.  File History

3. Use SFWare Data Recovery Software for Windows

1. Mac Trash

2. Time Machine

3. Use SFWare Data Recovery Software for Mac

Unsaved PowerPoint Files 1. Auto Recovery Feature of PowerPoint Application

2. Recover unsaved File Feature

1. Auto Recovery Feature of PowerPoint

2. Recover unsaved File Feature

How do I Recover Deleted PowerPoint files?

If you have deleted your PPT files accidentally you can easily recover using Recycle Bin in Windows and Mac Trash in macOS. If you have deleted your PowerPoint files using Shift Delete keys or rm commands, it surpasses the Recycle Bin and Trash. Therefore, this method cannot be used to recover files.

For Windows OS Users:

Recover Deleted PowerPoint Files from Recycle Bin

To recover PPT files from Bin, click on the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop. Once you open the folder, you will see all recently deleted files, Right Click on the PPT file you want to recover and Select Restore. Once you click on Restore, the files will be sent back to its original location.

Recover PPT files using File History

File History is the built-in backup feature in Windows, that helps you to restore files from the previous versions.

Note: This method is helpful only if you have set the backup point or enable it before you lose your PowerPoint files from the computer.

  1. Click on Start menu and type Control Panel>> Select System & SecurityRecover PowerPoint files using File History
  2. Select the option labelled File History >> Restore files with File History
  3. Select the file/s you want to restore and click the Restore button

For Mac Users:

Recover Deleted PowerPoint Files from Mac Trash

To recover PPT/PPTX files, go to the Trash icon on the dock of your Mac. Once the folder is opened, find and select the PPT or PPTX file you wish to recover. Now, right-click and select the Put Back option to restore it to its original location. Or you can just drag and drop the selected file to another folder.

Recover Deleted PPT Files from Mac Time Machine

Time Machine is a built-in back up feature for Mac operating systems. To make use of the application, you need to enable the option. If you have not enabled the feature, this method won’t help you in recovering PPT files.

  1. Open Spotlight [Command + Spacebar] >> type Time Machine
  2. Navigate through the folders to locate your PPT or PPTX file from available backups.
  3. Now, after selecting the PPT files, click on Restore

Recover Deleted or Lost PowerPoint Files using SFWare Data Recovery Software

For Windows Users:

Download the SFWare Data Recovery Software on your computer and Launch the application.

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1: Select Recover Deleted Files from main screen
Recover Deleted PowerPoint Files on Windows

2: Next, select the drive from where deleted PPT files are to be recovered and click on the Next button.

Select the drive to recover deleted PPT files

3: Now, all the recoverable files will appear on the screen. Next, double click on any file to preview.

Preview the recovered PPT files

4: Select the files you need and save them in any desired location.

For Mac Users:

Download the SFWare Data Recovery Software for Mac and install it. Launch the application on your Mac computers.

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1: Run the application and click on Recover Files from the home screen

Two options are provided – Recover deleted files and Recover lost files. Select the option based on your data lost scenarios.
Recover deleted PPT files on Mac

2: Select the drive from which data needs to be recovered
Select Mac Volume to recover PPT files

3: After completion of the scanning process, recoverable files are displayed.
Recover PowerPoint files from Mac using Data or File type view

4: Select required files from the list and preview them in Mac finder style. If you’re satisfied with the result, save them in any desired location.
Preview recovered PPT files on Mac

By the end of the recovery process, you should have all your deleted PPT files restored successfully at the destination you picked. But remember not to save recovered files to the same drive from where the deleted file recovery has been done.

How to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Files in Windows and Mac Computers?

To recover PowerPoint files that are not saved, PowerPoint provides features that can help recover your unsaved or lost files. All PowerPoint application versions from 2010 and onwards have the Auto Recovery feature and the Recover Unsaved Presentations option.

Recover Unsaved PPT/PPTX Files using Auto Recovery Feature

Note: You can recover unsaved files using Auto Recovery only if it is enabled. If you have not turn on the option, to enable this feature, you must ensure that the AutoRecover information option is turned on.

Verify AutoRecover on Windows: Open any File >> Options >> Save >> Save Presentations >> Save Auto-Recover info

Verify AutoRecover on Mac: Open PowerPoint >> PowerPoint Preferences >> Save >> Save Options >> Save AutoRecover info

Steps to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Files on Windows

Open the PowerPoint>> go to File >> Info >> Manage Versions >> Recover Unsaved Presentations.

Steps to Recover unsaved PowerPoint Files on Mac

  1. Open a Finder window on your Mac.
  2. Select the entire computer as the location >> enter ‘AutoRecovery’ in the Search field.
  3. Double-click on the PPT file to be recovered. Select the File menu and choose Save A

You can find the recovered PPT files in the given location.

Tips to avoid Data Loss in future

Having a regular backup is a great way to combat data loss. Hence, keep more than one backup of your PPT/PPTX file.

In case if you happen to lose data due to device crashes or drive corruption, you can always rely on the backup data. In case if you have no backup, you can always seek a help of the data recovery software.

Start the data recovery process immediately. The longer you wait, the restoration chances of files would become more uncertain.