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What is Scanpst.exe ?


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Scanpst.exe is an inbuilt utility provided by Microsoft Outlook to recover an corrupted PST files. Scanpst.exe has some draw back as it works at the time of low level corruption only when the high level corruption occurs it get fails.

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What is Scanpst.exe ?

  1. 1. What is Scanpst.exe?
  2. 2. Introduction • What is Scanpst.exe? • Reason behind PST file Corruption • Location of Scanpst.exe • Manual Method to Fix Corruption issues • Advantage/Disadvantage of Scanpst.exe • What to do while Scanpst.exe fails to work? • Recommended Solution
  3. 3. What is Scanpst.exe? • In case you are an Outlook user, then you might be familiar with the Inbox repair tool. Microsoft Outlook holds all email attachments and other Outlook items like calendar, folder, contacts, notes, journals etc. into a single .PST file. So, anyhow, if this Outlook files, data gets corrupt or damaged due to any technical reasons, So in order to resolve these kinds of problems, you might have used free inbuilt utility provided by Microsoft – Scanpst.exe utility, which comes along MS Office pack itself. This tool is perfectly designed to diagnose all error messages and repair inconsistencies in the .PST files.
  4. 4. • Corruption of PST file is not a new thing for Outlook users and it happens due to virus attack, Trojan, system crash and more. Scanpst.exe is a good solution to repair corrupt or damaged PST file data, but it doesn’t work, when the corruption level occurs at a high level. Once a user can run or execute this tool, a window will pop up that will ask to enter the location of corrupted or damaged PST files. It scans entire folders and frequently repair damaged files and restore all data into a safe location. Scanpst.exe makes a backup copy of any Personal Folders (.pst) file before trying to repair the file. What is Scanpst.exe?
  5. 5. Reasons of PST File Corruption
  6. 6. Location of Scanpst.exe Default path of Scanpst.exe in 2003 and later versions of Outlook: • Outlook 2003: C:Program FilesCommon FilesSystemMSMAPI {32-bit} C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesSystemMSMAPI {64-bit} • Outlook 2007: C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice12 {32-bit} C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice12 {64-bit} • Outlook 2010: C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice14 {32-bit} C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice14 {64-bit} • Outlook 2013: C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice15 {32-bit} C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice15 {64-bit}
  7. 7. Manual Method To Run Scanpst.exe, follow the steps are given below:  Close Outlook, if it is running.  Run Scanpst.exe utility  Enter the PST file name and click to Browse button. Step 1:
  8. 8. Manual MethodStep 2:  Wait, while the scanning process is done, how long it depends on size of PST file.
  9. 9. Manual Method  After getting done scanning process, it shows preview of scanning reports or options for go to the next step. If you want to know about the types of corruption then click on ‘Details’ button. You can make backup of scanned file before repairing process. Step 3:
  10. 10. Manual MethodStep 4:  Click on "Repair" button. Open MS Outlook profile which PST file you want to recover. Click on "GO" option and >> Folder list tab, Folder list show your recovered PST folder
  11. 11. Advantage • Scanpst.exe is able to deal with high level corruption related issues. • After getting the scanning process complete, it creates a log report. It specify that- How many items or errors are fixed through this inbuilt app. • It helps you to diagnose all Error messages. • Through ‘Search programs and Files option’ user can easily search and move their files. • This tool is already installed on your machine with MS Outlook.
  12. 12. • Scanpst.exe utility is not competent to recover permanently/accidently deleted Items. • This utility is not able to fix Outlook error messages. • Does not support when the corruption occurs in the body part. • This tool is not capable to recover password protected or encrypted files. • Sometimes during the recovery process, it mistakenly deleted some messages or emails. Disadvantage
  13. 13. What to do, while Scanpst.exe does not work for you
  14. 14. In case while scanpst.exe fails to resolve your issues, then don’t worry, because we have most powerful Outlook Recovery software. This software is more capable to repair deleted, lost, password protected or encrypted files. By using this tool, the user can easily fix all corruption related queries and Outlook error messages. It perfectly works when the corruption level occurs at high levels. Our organization provides Free- Trail version facility that helps you to export 25 items per folder and show preview of all recovered items. To know more, visit: Solution