Microsoft Outlook is normally used to manage multiple email accounts in a single space. It is popularly known for seamless integration of emails, contacts, calendars and reminders. All data, emails and folders in Outlook is stored in the form of a PST file.
Often times, your PST file may become corrupt due to abrupt system shutdown or sudden Outlook termination. When your PST files are corrupted, Outlook emails and folders cannot be accessed. And in some other cases, file corruption may cause Outlook to freeze or crash.
To repair the corrupted PST file, Microsoft provides an inbuilt repair tool called Scanpst.exe. It is also known as Inbox Repair tool and is usually installed with Outlook.
In order to use Scanpst tool in Outlook, you need to find the location of Scanpst.exe, which varies for different Outlook versions. Listed below is the Scanpst location for Outlook 2016.
Outlook 2016 Scanpst.exe location
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16
Outlook 2016 Scanpst.exe location Click-To-Run
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\office16
If you are using earlier version of Outlook, then where is the location of Scanpst?. Also, if you cannot find Scanpst.exe using manual method above, type in Scanpst.exe in the search bar and this will help you find it.
Note: You will have to manually find the location of the PST file to repair. If you do not know the location of the PST file, here’s a tip for you to find it. On your Outlook page, select File > Account settings > Account settings, and then choose the second tab; data files. All your PST files along with its location will be listed. This way, you can find the location of the file you wish to repair.
Once you have located Scanpst.exe and your PST file, you can follow the steps to run the tool.
Steps to run Scanpst.exe
This will repair your corrupted PST file. However, if the file cannot be repaired manually using Scanpst, the severity of corruption is probably high. In such cases, you need a professional tool like Remo Repair to repair your corrupt PST file.
About Remo Repair PST
Remo Repair is designed to repair your corrupt/damaged PST files. The software can also recover deleted Outlook folders and emails. Attachments and attributes (CC, To, Sub) are also recovered using the software. Compressed, oversized & password protected PST files can also be fixed. The main advantage of using Remo Repair is that it uses read only feature, meaning it reads your corrupt file, extracts contents, fixes the errors and creates healthy files. Thus, your original file is not disturbed.
A special feature of this software is that it provides a preview option in Outlook format and prepares the fixed PST in 2003 – 2013 formats for ease of use.
Note: In demo version of this tool, you can preview the repaired PST file. But, to save the repaired PST file, you need to activate the complete version of the software.