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How to Repair PST File (Damaged or Corrupt) in a Better Way?

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Nilesh Kumar | Modified: March 29, 2022 | MS Outlook | 4 Minutes Reading

Microsoft Outlook email client uses PST file or Personal Storage Table to store all the emails, attachments, contacts, tasks, calendars, notes, and journals. PST file has so many advantages over other mailbox formats such as MBOX that it force users to convert MBOX to PST and switch to MS Outlook. But it has its own share of demerits too.

PST files can easily get corrupted. It can be due to sudden shutdown of the Outlook application, hardware issues, faulty network devices or viruses. But whatever the reasons, PST corruption results in Outlook errors and may even lead to complete loss of data if not handled right-away. Therefore, in this article, we will repair PST file without Outlook. And will be implementing a free as well as advanced repair method for this purpose.

Method 1: Using Free Repair Utility To Repair PST File Minor Corruption

Microsoft is aware of the sudden corruption of PST files. And that’s why it packs the Outlook email client with a free PST repair tool – ScanPST.exe, the Inbox Repair Tool. However, it only repairs the minor corruption and fail if the file is highly damaged.

To repair PST file for free, kindly follow the steps given below:

1. Locate the ScanPST.exe file on your computer. A simple search should suffice.

2. Common location is somewhat similar to “C:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\”

scanpst.exe location


3. Once you find it, start the tool on your computer. Make sure that Outlook is closed at that moment.

4. “Browse” and select the MBOX files that you wish to repair.

5. Click on “Start” to start the scanning process.

6. You can choose to make backup of scanned file before repairing to avoid future trouble with your PST file.

7. Then, click on the “Repair” button to start the repair process.

8. If everything goes alright, the tool will successfully repair your file.

If it fails, try repairing several times to ensure that it’s not in the grasp of this free tool. Do note that this tool comes prepacked with Outlook and is not downloadable. If you don’t have it on your system, or it fails repeatedly, then opt for the next solution.

Method 2: Using Advanced Repair Tool To Recover Files Irrespective of Corruption Level

The Advanced Outlook PST Repair works both with Outlook and without Outlook. You can simply check/uncheck the “use Outlook” option in the tool’s interface and repair all your PST files without any issues.

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This utility has an easy to understand interface packed with powerful features. It’s smart algorithms can easily repair both minor and major level of corruption without any hassle. All you need to do is select the PST file(s), choose your scanning mode and the software will repair all your PST files into healthy file format. It recovers everything from emails, contacts, calendars, tasks, notes, and journals quite easily.

Here’s how you can use the advanced method to repair PST file:

1. Run the Repair method and hit the “Add File” button.

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2. “Browse” and select the corrupt PST file that you wish to repair.

select pst to repair

3. Choose your “Scanning mode“:

  • Quick Scan” repairs file with low corruption.
  • If it does not preview your data correctly, then switch to “Advance Scan” to recover highly corrupted data.

Note: Advance scan requires deep scanning of your file, and hence takes time. So be patient with it.

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4. Once the files are added and scanned, the tool will display complete PST data i.e., emails, calendars, contacts, tasks, notes, and journals.

display emails

5. Click on the menu “Export” button.

export menu

6. Make sure “PST” is selected to generate a new and healthy PST file. Click on “Adv Settings” button.

select pst option

7. Now, as per requirements, set options such as Split PST, date filters, and categories of data items that you wish to recover.

file advanced settings

8. Set the location and other options such as Repair PST file “without Outlook” or “with Outlook”.

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9. Finally, click on the “Export” button.

export button

10. The PST file is repaired. Go to the destination location to find the healthy PST file.

healthy pst

With this, all the selected data item will be recovered as healthy PST files. You can now easily view the entire content of PST file in your Outlook email client. The tool can repair PST files of Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007 & 2003 without any hassle.


Outlook PST files are prone to corruption as well as easily repairable when corrupted. All you require is a quality and advanced PST file repair methods. In this article, we gave solutions that can not only restore PST data with Outlook but also repair PST file without Outlook irrespective of the corruption level. The advanced repair method can also recover deleted items from PST files. You can simply give its free version a try and witness the powerful capabilities of this method.