Among the different personal information managers, Microsoft Outlook is a popular email client and most of the users, who are regularly using this application for receiving, sending and reading mails, might have come across damaged or corrupted PST files. Once some files are corrupted, the application will stop to open the files, thereby making the folders containing contacts, emails and other personal files inaccessible. This corruption might have been caused due to different reasons like crashing of hard disk, formatting or deletion or virus invasions or might also be due to corrupted volumes or partitions. Files are stored in this application in the format of.PST.
For minimally corrupted PST files, a simple tool offered by Outlook itself is available for PST repair and this tool is known as the inbox repair tool. This tool as the name implies is meant for outlook repair PST files in the inbox. This tool is capable of repairing the PST files and data from the files that cannot be understood or recognized by the application will be removed. The user can access this tool by clicking on the start button on their system and in the search box, they will have to type scanpst.exe and once it is found, the corrupted Outlook repair PST file can be done.
Another reason for corruption of PST files is the exceeding of maximum limit of 2GB file size in the inbox and once this limit has reached, the mailbox will become inaccessible. In this case, the repair tool offered by Outlook cannot be used and in such a situation, the users will have to opt for third party software meant for PST repair.
In addition to this sort of software program, there are also mail recovery software programs and some software programs offer both these services under a single roof. There are a number of software program available in the market these days and most of them are offered with evaluation version in such a way that users can use the trial version initially and they can opt for paid version once they are satisfied with the performance of the application.
All these mail recovery software programs have their own system requirements to be able to download the application and the users will have to read these system requirements carefully before downloading them on to their system for ensuring that there will not be any compatibility issues after downloading the application.