Outlook Error: The File is Not a Personal Folders File
Microsoft Outlook is widely used as an email-client. All Outlook data is stored in PST file linked with it. Errors occur while working with PST files. In this blog, we will discuss about the common error message that Outlook users encounter, “The File is not a Personal Folders File”. First we will describe the reasons for this error, then we will elucidate on the ways, user can apply for removing the Outlook error not pst file successfully.
which Trigger Outlook.pst
- Outlook error not pst file basically pops-up when outlook data file is corrupted. Receiving this message means Outlook application is unable to comprehend the file, and displays message that .pst not found outlook 2007.
- Other causes for stopping user to access data file could be its permission setting which had been changed to “read-only” mode. To read a PST file, it is required to have complete permission i.e. “Full Control”, otherwise it would display the error Outlook.pst not found.
Steps to Resolve the Error The File is Not a Personal Folders File
1. Change File Mode
change “Read-Only” mode to “Full Control” mode, user is
required to execute the steps given below:
which is inaccessible
on the Apply
followed by a click on OK.
Here, user has to verify if Outlook error not pst file is resolved or not by opening the same PST file again. If Outlook.pst not found error message continues to appear on the screen, then the reason behind the corruption would be different. To confront with that the user needs to adopt another method to remove Outlook error not pst file.
2. Use Free Utility ScanPST.exe
that Outlook is closed, before using scanpst.exe to
remove the error Outlook.pst
the steps listed below :
Locate Scanpst.exe in your system:
location which could be different for different versions.
Outlook 2016: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16,
Outlook 2013: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15,
Outlook 2010: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14, and so on.
Browse and open the damaged PST file.
For initiating the repairing process, click on start.
Here, user has to create a backup of scanned file for avoiding any
user has to open the damaged PST file in MS Outlook to verify if the
file is error free or not. In case of minor errors, file will be
recovered easily from the error message “The
file is not a personal folders file”.
associated with ScanPST.exe Tool:
- Capable of resolving errors at minor level only.
- PST file having size than 2GB, can not be recovered.
- Even after repair there is a possibility of data loss.
3. Use Advanced Tool
Advance tools are impeccable software which can repair any kind of PST file corruption, when all other methods fail. Outlook Email Recovery Tool recovers and restores damaged PST file, and retrieves them back in healthy format. It is well efficient to resolve errors like Outlook.pst not found.
of using AdvancedTool
to resolve both minor as well as major corruption issues.
to recover email,
etc. from the corrupted
the attachments along with meta
damaged file is recovered in healthy UNICODE/ ANSI
the PST file size is exceeding 2 GB then this tool provides the
option to spilt the same into smaller size PST files.
with Windows 32-bit as well as 64-bit versions.
Moreover, it has the features which makes it distinguished from others, for example maintains folder hierarchy, user-friendly naming conventions, recovery of password protected files, able to repair Archive file and so on. Error Outlook.pst not found can easily be resolved using the tool.
solutions, to the error “the
file is not a personal folders file”
were discussed in this blog. For minor damages, free built-in utility
Scanpst.exe can be used as
However, it is not efficient enough to resolve major errors. Third
party software Outlook Email Recovery Tool, then
comes to rescue. It is
apt solution to quickly resolve Outlook
error not pst file.