Huge PST file, but no data; how to fix it

Fix Outlook PST file large but has no data issue by compacting the Outlook data file using Compact Now option. If it doesn’t resolve the issue, then repair your Outlook PST file using Remo PST Repair tool. It fixes all issues wuth your PST file & restores all items - emails, contacts, tasks, rules, appointments etc. from corrupt Outlook profile. Download NOW!

Some people have noticed that their Outlook PST file shows empty even though its size indicates that there are files. Most of them have encountered this situation when they migrated PST file from one location to another; after exporting all mailbox to PST file locally and when they tried to load previous version Outlook PST file to currently running Outlook.

Why is Outlook PST file large but shows no data?

There are couple of reasons why people are getting into this kind of situation -

Case 1: When you delete files from Outlook PST file, its size doesn’t decrease until you compact it. Hence, you can see file as large but no files in it.

Solution: Reduce Outlook Data File Size using Compact Now

1. Go to Outlook, right click on Data File from the right hand side of your screen

2. Next, select Data File Properties from pop up menu

3. It will open window named like Outlook Today – [username @ domain name] Properties

4. In that window, click on General tab and below you can see Advanced button

5. Click on Advanced button to open Outlook Data File Setting window

6. Here click on Compact Now button

Now, Outlook PST file will show its original size and doesn’t affect any files already present on it.

Case 2: Outlook PST file corruption is one of the other reason due to which Outlook PST file shows empty when its size says it has data.

Solution- Repair Outlook PST File using Remo PST Repair Tool

In case of Outlook Data File (PST file) corruption, you need to fix it. You can use Remo PST Repair tool to repair and recover PST file.

Follow Below Steps to Repair your PST File that is Large but Empty:

Download Remo PST Repair Outlook software by clicking Download Now button and install it. Next, Run the application-

Step 1: Main screen shows you 3 option to select the corrupted PST file

  • Open PST File: Select the option when PST file present it in default location Figure 1.
  • Select PST File Manually: PST file location is known, then give its path manually using this option Figure 2.
  • Find All your PST Files: When PST file location is not known, click on this option Figure 3.

Step 2: Next click on “Browse” button and select the PST file you want to repair and click Next Figure 4.

Step 3: In the next window, select the option to scan

  • Normal Scan: You can opt this option when severity of PST file corruption is low and it is showing errors
  • Smart Scan: You can select this option when severity of PST file corruption is high and when there is need of recovering deleted Outlook attributes

Step 4: After selecting appropriate scanning methods, mention location to save your repaired PST file Figure 5.

Step 5: Now start repairing process by clicking on Repair button Figure 6.

Step 6: After completion, you will get notified, then Preview your recovered Outlook attributes

Now, yow will be able to access data from your PST file which was earlier showing error. Remo PST Repair tool also helps to fix Outlook not responding and search indexing problem. The software comes handy to repair PST file even when it is password protected and compressed. Moreover,

  • Helps to repair PST file corrupted due to oversize issue
  • Easily fixes PST file created on various Outlook version, including Outlook 2016
  • Recovers emails with its attributes like To, subject, cc, attachments

Final Point-

Always compact your PST file as soon as you delete a file from it. Most importantly, backup your PST file using Import/Export option or using reliable Outlook backup software.