Inbox repair tool or Scanpst.exe , it is a default software, which comes with MS Outlook, designed to repair the corrupted Outlook PST files. pst file or Personal Folders File, is a single file in which all your email messages, calendar events, contacts, shared items, journal entries, alarms, schedules and other valuable information is stored. One important drawback with this tool is that, the location is not known to many users and hence they find it difficult to repair Outlook PST file during corruption. Following are the default locations of Scanpst.exe in all versions of Outlook:
Microsoft Outlook 2010
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
Microsoft Outlook 2007
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12
Microsoft Outlook 2003
C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\<locale ID>\scanpst.exe
Microsoft Outlook 2002/XP
C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI\<locale ID>\scanpst.exe
Microsoft Outlook 2000
C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI\<locale ID>\NT\scanpst.exe
Most of the time you might have come across the problem of not finding the location of the PST file that you want to repair. You will know the PST file, which you want to repair but will not be knowing its exact location. The locations of PST file in different Outlook versions are:
The default location of PST files Microsoft Outlook 2000 – Microsoft Outlook 2007
Drive: \Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
The default location of pst files Microsoft Outlook 2010
Documents\Outlook Files or My Documents\Outlook Files
Inbox Repair Tool can only fix the header of the pst file and it deletes everything that it does not understand. However, when corruption is severe with PST file, the Scanpst is very inefficient tool in fixing the errors and recovering all the data from Outlook. Therefore, its better you go for third-party PST repair tools that are available, which do a much better job at repairing the PST file.
Outlook repair utility makes use of best algorithm to repair your corrupt PST files and retrieves all Outlook elements like email messages, tasks, contacts, calendar items etc very effectively. This software can be used as a repair utility for OST, in case your OST file gets corrupted or deleted.
Steps to fix corrupted PST file of Microsoft Outlook are given below:
Step 1: Download trial version of the software in your system and install. Launch the software and select the appropriate option. You can open pst file if you know the location or else find pst file or select the pst file based on outlook profile as shown in figure 1.
Figure 1: Main Window
Step 2: Select which type of scan you want to perform normal scan (suitable when pst is less corrupted or when Outlook refuses to open due to pst error) or Smart scan (suitable when pst file has severe corruption as if pst file is broken or recovering deleted mails, contacts etc) and click "Repair" as shown in figure 2.
Figure 2: Select Scan Type Option
Step 3: Preview the recovered all attributes of PST files, result as shown in figure 3.
Figure 3 – Recovered Outlook emails
Ones you are satisfied with the result you can purchase the original product and can repair all you corrupted pst file effectively.