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November 09 2012



Scanpst.exe can be a utility used to correct MS Outlook PST files. Scanpst can partially fix internal PST file database issues however in most cases you will need to get one of these 3rd party Scanpst.exe tool.

It is possible to split PST mailboxes into different files located locally or on a network driver. The problem is that although a network driver might appear as a local drive (drive mapping) network drive not supplies the same performance as a local one (i.e. C drive). Therefore Outlook may face problems to contact the PST file on the network server and that usually leads sooner or later to corrupt PST file which need a repair with scanpst.exe

If this type of failure happens, it is possible to restore your PST file mailbox first with backup software that is daily backup within your network storage. However, since the mailbox data might have some crucial business data you might don't want to lose a single day at work.

If restoring the mailbox data situated in your inaccessible PST file is essential, you can test and make use of the Scanpst.exe utility. Scanpst.exe location is in your Outlook installation folder (Some think it's under the default installation folder i.e. c:program files). If you cannot find it the best is simply to perform the search program in order to find the scanpst.exe directly.

Typical PST errors:

"The file F:archive.pst isn't a personal folders file."

(it is possible to replace the letter F with your own network drive letter).

Cause of the PST error:

The above error indicates that Outlook cannot see the PST database because it is corrupt. The file doesn't need valid database structure. Another possible cause is that you just do not need network connection to the PST file. If so it's very simple to solve it and merely call your network administrator to fix it.

Please consider that Outlook PST database file had not been designed to work with slow connections such as network drives. Oftentimes the link is slowing during saving data or file closing which in several times cause data lose and PST file corruption.

Can Scanpst.exe solve it?

Scanpst.exe is definitely a limited solution. Most of the time it fails but as this is a free tool you should run it first bear in mind, first rule prior to starting a recovery process is definitely backup. You would not prefer to damage the file much more than the current state of it. So please develop a copy of your PST file and let scanpst.exe try to fix the copy only.
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