How to Fix a Corrupt PST File? Learn the Best Way Here!

For individuals who use the Outlook email client on a daily basis, you may come into contact with errors, corrupted files, and missing data which can cause quite the panic. In order to fix corrupted PST files, you can either use the ScanPST built-in Windows option or use iMyFone ScanOutlook which does not need Outlook to be in use. Read on to find out how you can fix a corrupted PST file with either of these options.

The Best Repair Tool for Corrupt PST Files

iMyFone ScanOutlook allows you to overcome common PST corruption issues such as software failure, virus infected files, encrypted files, deleted files, and inaccessible files. With ScanOutlook, you do not need Outlook to open your PST files, and you are able to recover, repair, decrypt, and view PST file data directly.



  • Repair damaged/corrupted PST & OST files within few clicks.

  • Recover permanently deleted outlook mailbox data, including emails, contacts, notes, and more.

  • Allow you to export the repaired PST & OST in multiple formats: PST, MSG, EML, PDF, HTML, RTF.

  • Advanced filtered preview option allow you to save your files selectively.

  • Works on all versions of MS Outlook, including the latest Outlook 2019.

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Steps to Repair Corrupted PST Files

Step 1. Open up iMyFone ScanOutlook either by using your desktop shortcut or finding the program in your All Programs Menu.

Step 2. Once you have ScanOutlook open, select the corrupt PST file you want to fix and hit the "Repair" button.

start to repair

Step 3. It will start to fix the corrupt PST file. After repair, you'll be able to select preview the data in the PST file.

preview repaired files

Step 4. Click on "Export Selected" to save the repaired PST file.

export completed

Using ScanPST to Fix Your Corrupted PST File

If you find that your personal folders and outlook data files are corrupted and need to be repaired, and do not have the time to recreate them, you can use ScanPST to repair them. ScanPST is an inbox repair tool that is build right into your Windows computer.

How to Fix Corrupted PST File with ScanPST

Step 1. Make sure your Outlook program isn't running.

Step 2. Head to your control panel and choose file explorer options. Click view on the window that pops up and enable the show hidden files and folders option. You need this setting enabled so that your PST files can be located.

Step 3. Click okay once you've selected the show hidden files and folders option.

Step 4. Browse through your Microsoft Office installation to find the PST file you are looking for and double click it.

Step 5. Hit the "Repair" button to initiate the scanning process. This will repair the PST file.


Step 6. The scanning process will search all files and folders and report any errors that it finds. Once it provides the results to you, hit the repair button.

The Cons of Using ScanPST to Fix a Corrupted PST File

While the Inbox Repair Tool is a free, built-in tool within Windows operating systems, it does have some major drawbacks and limitations.

  • The integrity of the data isn't guaranteed by the Inbox Repair Tool. Messages can be recovered into different folders than the original file.

  • Some data can become compromised or changed and repairing errors can cause more damage.

  • There is a size limitation of 2GB.

  • If certain elements are not found and are not validated/readable, they can be considered corrupted and removed from the database.

  • Locating PST files can be difficult for the average user.

  • The manual steps needed can be tricky to follow without looking up a guide.

To Conclude...

While the built-in ScanPST tool works, it has a ton of limitations when compared to iMyFone ScanOutlook. Instead of struggling with not being able to preview, restore, or repair encrypted files or be limited to files under 2GB, just simply use iMyFone ScanOutlook instead.

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By  Simon Marcus , to Outlook Repair

Posted on Jul 05, 2019  ( Updated: Dec 16, 2019 )

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