Offline Storage Table (.OST) files are convenient option for Microsoft Outlook users and a valuable disaster recovery option for Exchange Server administrators. It is an offline folder file in Microsoft Outlook which makes it possible for the users to work offline in environments with limited or no connectivity. These OST files can be used by Exchange Server administrators to recover their server data, despite a corrupt backup and a failed hard drive. When you are offline, Outlook creates an exact replica of your mailbox on Exchange Server with .ost file extension. Any changes in your OST file while you are offline are synchronized when you connect with Exchange Server. This is how you can work even if not connected to Exchange Server.
In addition to the advantage OST files provide, to work offline without actually connected to the server; they serve as a backup of your previous important email items, in case of mailbox deletion or mailbox data corruption from server. But OST files are often prone to corruption, so it is recommended to use a good software to fix Outlook for OST to repair it.
Some of the reasons that make OST file corrupted or damaged are listed below:
To salvage the OST file in any of the scenarios explained above, you need a powerful utility to fix MS Outlook 2010 OST file by using simple clicks for Inbox Repair Tool, which is one such tool which can be used as to fix corrupted PST file and OST file. It can recover email messages emptied from deleted items folder and recover all the other Outlook attributes such as contacts, calendar, tasks, RSS feeds, etc. This Microsoft Outlook PST repair tool for Windows 7 provides an option “Find PST file” to locate Scanpst.exe repair tool if you don’t know its correct location. This software can be comfortably used to fix PST when MS Outlook freezes while you try to attach a large amount of data while sending email to many people.
Steps to repair OST file using MS Outlook Repair Tool:
Step 1: Download and install the trial version and launch it by double clicking the shortcut icon of executable file. The main screen appears as shown in the Fig.1. Select any of the options provided here, depending on your requirement.
Figure 1: Main Screen
Step 2: After providing PST file location in the next screen, a new window will appear as shown in Fig.2. From this window, select either "Normal Scan" or "Smart Scan" option and click on "Repair".
Figure 2: Select Scan Option
Step 3: The software scans and repairs the entire PST file and the list of recovered emails and other outlook attributes will be displayed as shown in Fig.3.
Figure 3: View Recovered Outlook Data