Outlook's PST file is a crucial part of Microsoft Outlook's ability to function. If you encounter PST corruption, this could cause further problems with Outlook (including being unable to access your emails offline. Don't worry - we've found the best Outlook PST repair tools you can use in this situation.
Supported Outlook Data Files
.pst & .ost
Free to Repair
Free to Repair
Severe Corrupted PST Repair
Limitation on size of PST file
Supported Formats for Save
.pst, .msg, .eml, .pdf, .rtf, .html
.pst, .txt, .rtf, .html
.msg, .eml, .txt, .rtf, .html
.pst, .msg, .eml, .dbx, .mbox
Recover Permanently Deleted Items
Selectively Export Items
Our favourite choice for repairing any PST file is iMyFone ScanOutlook. This Outlook repair tool is special designed for Outlook pst file repair. With this tool, you'll be able to repair the corrupted pt file and recover all the lost items in it. Some features you can expect from ScanOutlook are:
Offers two modes to repair any corrupt or damaged PST files for Free
Recovers items from corrupt PSTs including emails, contact info, notes, and more
Allows you to preview all the items in PST file an selectively recover and export
Allows you to export your pst files in multiple formats: .pst, .msg, .eml, .pdf, .rtf, .html
Supports all versions of Outlook from 2003 to 2019
Alongside these features and the plentiful others, using this repair program is ideal. It’s also a suitable tool for repairing Outlook OST files.
Step 1. Launch iMyFone ScanOutlook on your computer, it will automatically load the default .pst file on your computer.
Step 2. Select the corrupt .pst file and select the repair modes for repair (for severe corrupted .pst file, you may use the Deep Repair mode).
Step 3. After repair, you'll be able to preview all the items and attachments in the .pst file.
Step 4. Then select the items in the pst file for save.
Next is the DataNumen Outlook Repair Tool, a relatively well-known piece of software. After selecting a file the program will scan it, display nearly all of the recovered data, and you can restore it without any hassle.
Repairs most corrupt Outlook PST files
Can recover emails, notes, contact details, and a lot of other data
Capable of converting OST files to PST format
Can repair PST files from Outlook 97 to 2019
There are a few impressive features in this PST recovery tool, undoubtedly. But there are some negatives to consider too.
If your files are very corrupt then you likely can't recover any data from it
Large PST files can take an excruciatingly long time to process
You can only save recovered emails in HTML, RTF, or plain text format
Businesses must purchase a license, they cannot use it for free
Kernel for Outlook PST Repair is definitely one of the reputable programs out there which has a lot to offer, and that you should consider for your repair. Below are the key features of it.
Useful for repairing very large PST files
Recovers PST data such as emails and email attachments
Capable of repairing PST files that have encryption
Export corrupt PST data into a new repaired Outlook PST file
Repair and recover PST files directly to your Office 365 account
Unfortunately, Kernel isn't the perfect Outlook PST repair tool and it comes with a number of disadvantages, including the following:
Files that are severely damaged can't be recovered
Doesn't support older versions of Outlook and Windows OS
Free trial version is very limiting, therefore it needs to be bought
At this point, you might be unwilling to use any third-party software. That's fine, and you can use the built-in PST recovery tool that comes with Outlook - scanpst.exe. Every version of Outlook comes with this utility and in situations like this, it's a viable option.
Repairs corrupt and damaged PST files with errors
Readily available (you don't need to download or install anything!)
Lightweight repair tool and easy to use
Completely free to all Outlook users
Scanpst.exe isn't as great as we'd like from a built-in and easily accessible PST repair tool, but it's still great. Nonetheless, here are a few cons:
Only fixes PST files up to 2GB
Not effective at repairing PST files with severe damage
Users find it difficult to locate scanpst.exe
Your PST data may be overwritten during the recovery
And last of all, we have SysInfoTools Outlook PST Repair Tool. This is one of the older tools you can use to repair your PST files, but it is effective and, in most cases, it's a suitable choice. Below are the key features you'll be able to access.
Repairs PST files from all Outlook versions
Allows you to search for specific data after scanning a PST
Recovers all of the data in a PST file (e.g. email attachments, calendar, notes, and contacts)
Can successfully recover data from Outlook PST files that have password protection
Saves PST scan information so that you don't have to rescan files multiple times
All of this is great, and SysInfoTools Outlook PST Repair clearly makes PST repair more appealing, but it's important to take note of the downsides.
Outdated and unappealing user interface
Severely corrupted PST files take excessively longer than other files
Unable to repair and restore multiple PSTs at once
Costs $49 to purchase the full version
Most of the repair tools in this post come with a demo version for you to check out before purchasing the full version. Whatever PST repair tool you choose, as long as it's one of the tools above, we're confident you can repair any corrupt or damaged PST files. That said, we highly recommend iMyFone ScanOutlook as it consistently delivers impressive results!
By Simon Marcus , to Outlook Repair
Updated: Apr 21, 2021