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email problems and the dreaded corrupted Outlook file - Nick Litten is IBM-i, AS400 iSeries RPG Programmer and Nerd

email problems and the dreaded corrupted Outlook file

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Aug 04

So your Outlook.pst file is coming up with the dreaded file corrupted message?

Dont worry because help is at hand

Microsoft provides an Inbox Repair Tool which finds and fixes most problems with damaged Personal Folders .PST files. You can find the Inbox Repair Tool on the Start menu, under Programs | Accessories | System Tools, use Start | Find or Start | Search (depending on your operating system) to search your system for Scanpst.exe

Have a quick search now and try it out… if the version of scanpst on your PC doesnt work then dont worry because we have written a quick beginners guide on just how scanpst works and also included a guaranteed virus free download of the same file.

Download SCANPST for FREE here

When you run Scanpst.exe, it performs a number of tests. If it finds errors, it asks whether you want to make a backup copy of the original file (always say Yes), then tries to correct the errors.

If you run Scanpst.exe against a .pst file that Outlook 2003 created for a local copy of Windows SharePoint Services events and contacts lists, you will get an error message that you can ignore.

For seriously corrupted PST files, try running Scandisk.exe (look under Programs | Accessories | System Tools) first, then Scanpst.exe, repeating 3-4 times until neither program returns an error. We’ve know this technique to restore data that the user though was lost forever.

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IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Alpha Nerd and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and in the words of the most interesting man in the world: Stay thirsty my friend.