How to fix Outlook 2010 PST file that refuses to open?

PST stands for Personal Storage Table, which is also referred as Personal Folder File is used to store all your Inbox, and other Outlook data such as contacts, mails, calendar items, Tasks, notes, journals, etc. of your Outlook profile. However, the Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 is quite stable but not perfect because if your PST file becomes corrupt then you will not be allowed to access your profile. In such instances, when you try to access or open the profile you might receive some of the error message like

  • File access is denied. You do not have permission to access this file,
  • “.pst is not a personal folder file”
  • “Cannot start Outlook, cannot open Outlook, an error has been detected in the .pst file.” and many more.

However, in some instances you might not even get any error messages but when you open the Outlook 2010, it would just start and close automatically. All these are the signs indicating the corrupt PST file. If the outlook 2010 PST file becomes corrupt, then your Inbox will also get corrupted.


If you are worried about the PST file not opening in Outlook 2010 issue then, try running your Outlook 2010 in Safe Mode and determine what is causing the problem. Then try to fix it:

Use Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe)

Microsoft Inbox repair tool or Scanpst.exe is an inbuilt utility that is included in Outlook 2010 by default. It scans and repairs your corrupt PST file. Navigate to the Scanpst.exe location, generally its default location in Outlook 2010 is: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14 folder and then search for SCANPST.EXE file. Just open the file; this will fix your PST file.

However, this would not guarantee complete and safe repair. If the PST is severely corrupt hen this tool fails and moreover, if the tool is mishandled then it would cause more damage to your file. So how do we fix it? There is no need to worry; you can make use of the Remo Repair Outlook (PST) tool that could easily repair your PST file in Outlook 2010 safely and with utmost ease.

Characteristics of Remo Repair Outlook (PST)

Remo Repair Outlook (PST) is an excellent utility that could easily fix your entire corrupt Outlook 2010 PST file securely. The utility is a non-destructive tool that just extracts the data from the original file but doesn’t edit or cause damage to it. In addition, it securely recovers all the attributes like contacts, emails, notes, tasks, journals, calendar items etc. associated with the Outlook 2010 PST file that too with high precision.

  • Offers two different methods of scanning the PST file like “Normal Scan” and “Smart Scan” based on the need you can choose any one
  • If you are not aware of the PST file location, then you can make the tool search for you with its “Find PST” option
  • Offers free preview of your PST file after repair using the trial version
  • Successfully repairs your PST file of all versions of Outlook like Outlook 2007, 2003, 2013 etc.
  • Compatible with all available versions of Windows OS like Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 etc.

Additionally, you can also utilize the Remo Repair Outlook (PST) utility to recover lost Outlook contacts, appointments, emails, and other attributes of PST file.

Some of the common reasons for PST file corruption...

  • Outlook 2010 application crash
  • Severe virus infection to your PST file
  • Employing improper way for importing the PST file
  • Oversized PST file
  • Using unreliable recovery tools for retrieving the lost or deleted emails, contacts, etc.
  • Incompatibility between the Outlook version and the Windows version being used

Procedure to repair your Outlook 2010

Watch the below video tutorial that guides you through the entire repair process.

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