Using Inbox Repair Tool (ScanPST.exe)

Issues with Outlook PST file is common. You might have come across certain problems while working on Outlook. For example, Outlook refuses to open, PST file becomes inaccessible, Outlook stops responding and pops up error messages, etc. Most of these issues are due to PST file corruption. And now, fixing the corrupt PST file is important. Only then will you be able to access your Outlook emails, and other attributes. So to fix all such problems, ScanPST.exe is used.

What is ScanPST?

ScanPST.exe is the inbuilt repair tool provided by Microsoft Outlook to identify problems in PST file and fix it. ScanPST tool scans the corrupt PST file, identifies the issues, and tries to rebuild the structure of the file. ScanPST works on the original PST file itself which is corrupt.

How to use ScanPST tool?

To run ScanPST tool, you need to know the location of PST file on your system. Until Outlook version 2007, to use ScanPST to repair corrupt PST file, the location of Scanpst.exe file must be searched manually. But from Outlook 2010 onwards, Scanpst.exe runs automatically to fix issues. In certain Outlook versions, you have the option to change the default location. Once you find the location of the PST file for the particular Outlook version or Windows OS version, you can then carry out the scanning process. There are 3 major steps in this process- Start – Detail – Repair.

An important point to be noted is that ScanPST has to be run repeatedly until there are no more errors in the PST file. However, at times, even after running scanpst.exe repeatedly, Outlook errors may not be fixed.

What can be done when ScanPST fails to fix PST file?

Don’t worry, your Outlook data will not be lost when ScanPST.exe fails to fix PST file. There is another easy solution to fix PST file without ScanPST tool. SFWare PST Repair software comes handy to repair corrupt PST files in just a short span of time. This application comes with advanced algorithms which will scan PST file, and fix the errors in a safe manner.

Moreover, as SFWare PST Repair tool is a read-only application, it only extracts PST file contents, fixes the issues, and saves the content in a new PST file. Thus the original corrupt file is left intact with no further modification. Thus this software ensures safe repair of PST file which is inaccessible, corrupt, or damaged. This utility works well on all Outlook versions, including Outlook 2016. It supports all versions of Windows OS versions including latest Windows 10.

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