How to Recover Emails when ScanPST fails or produces errors

Updated on August 10, 2020

If you find that ScanPST fails when trying to recover emails, make use of a specialized tool called Remo Repair PST to recover deleted or lost emails. It works in all situations regardless of the size of the PST file and on any version of Outlook like Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010 and earlier versions.

The Inbox Repair tool or Scanpst.exe as it is commonly known is a built in tool designed to repair corruption in PST files. A PST file is a data file that stores all Outlook data like emails, contacts, calendars, etc. It is basically a file that contains a backup of all Outlook items. Any corruption or issue with the PST file can cause Outlook to not work properly.

In order to repair these corruption issues, Microsoft provides a built in tool called ScanPST. This tool, along with repairing corrupt PST's also has the ability to recover deleted or lost emails from Outlook. Hence, many users use ScanPST to not only repair PST files, but also to recover emails.

When ScanPST.exe fails or returns errors…

ScanPST, although a very useful tool has certain limitations. That is, it can be used only to repair corrupt indexes and data structures. So, if the PST file involves corruption in other areas of the PST database, ScanPST may fail or produce error messages.

While that is one drawback with ScanPST, there are also others such as it cannot work with over-sized PST files or PST files that are severely corrupt. In these cases, ScanPST fails because it cannot successfully rebuild indexes to repair the PST file and hence cannot recover deleted emails.

To overcome this problem, make use of specialized PST repair tool called Remo Repair PST which repairs your PST files and also recovers deleted emails, contacts, calendars and other items in Outlook. It is an advanced Remo PST Repair Tool that can repair even the most severely corrupted PST files and recovers deleted emails skillfully with all its components like To, From, Subject and body along with attachments.

Easy guide: How to recover emails when ScanPST produces errors?

1. As a first step, download and install Remo Repair PST on your computer. After successful installation, launch the software to open the main screen.

2. In the main screen, you will find 3 options: 'Select PST file manually', 'Open default PST file' and 'Find All PST files'. Choose 'Select PST file manually' if you know the location of the PST file. If you do not know the location of the PST file, select Open Default PST file for the software to locate it

3. If you selected 'Select PST file manually' in the previous step, browse to the location of the PST file and select it

4. Next, select Normal Scan (since you recovering emails) and select a location to save the repaired PST file

5. Click Repair for the software to start recovery of deleted emails

6. Once the scan completes, your PST file with recovered emails are stored in the destination specified in Step 4.

How to view recovered emails and copy them to your default PST file?

Once Remo Repair PST has recovered all your Outlook emails, you can view them in Outlook and copy them to your default PST file using the guide below.

  • Open Outlook and click File > Open > Open Outlook Data File
  • Select the PST file repaired by Remo Repair PST to open the repaired PST file with recovered emails
  • Right click on the emails you want to move (use Ctrl to select multiple) and select Move
  • Then select Copy to Folder and select the folder (like Inbox) to move the recovered emails to
  • Now you should be able to view all the recovered emails in the desired folder

Avoid accidental deletion of emails and other items in Outlook

With the help of some simple tips provided here, you can easily avoid accidental deleting of emails and other items in Outlook.

  • Double check prior to manually deleting email or any item in Outlook
  • Turn OFF 'Empty deleted items upon exit' option
  • Have your 'Auto Archive' feature setup to delete old items from the Deleted Items folder

Related Information

Recover Contacts from Outlook
Unlike Outlook Express contacts are stored within the PST file in Microsoft Outlook. The Contacts are treated in similar fashion as emails, its just that they have separate product identifier number. When contacts are deleted they are left within the PST file and the product identification number remains intact. Recovering contacts from a PST file is possible only when you have not added more data in the form of emails or new entries in other options. Also, you have not truncated the PST file by using "Compact" option. Follow the procedures mentioned to recover your contacts from the PST file using Remo Repair Outlook PST.

How to Repair Corrupt 2GB PST File
Outlook 2000 has a limitation of creating a PST file of up to 2 GB in size. If your PST is corrupt because of this size limitation then it is recommended to use latest version of Outlook, which can support much larger PST files. Follow the procedure mentioned on this page to repair such PST files and start using them on Outlook 2010 repair and also latest version of Outlook without worrying about the ever increasing size of your PST file.

0x80040600 Error in Outlook
This error appears when you start your Outlook and initiate the process to send and receive emails. The problem lies with the corruption within the PST file. Follow the procedures mentioned on this page to repair PST files having such errors.

Outlook Express Recovery
Outlook Express may get stalled or refuse to open when there is a corruption in your dbx files. You can repair all corrupt dbx files using Remo Recover Outlook Express and replace the corrupt dbx files. The following page highlights the steps involved in repairing such corrupt dbx files using Remo Recover Outlook Express.

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