How to efficiently handle Outlook Crash due to corruption of PST?

MS Outlook maintains a Personal storage table (PST) to store various data items such as emails, contacts, tasks, calendar, etc. Since they are a storehouse of such crucial information of the user mailboxes, any damage caused to them will be disastrous. However, the reasons for damage could be error in installation of MS office software package, abrupt shutdown of system, malicious software installation on system, etc.

Consider a scenario where the user as per his daily routine tries to access outlook and ends up receiving the following error message:

Offset: 0003194b

However, the occurrence of such error is a sign of PST or OST file corruption. This issue can be sorted out using in-built Scanpst.exe which is Microsoft Outlook Inbox Repair Tool. Follow the steps mentioned below:

1.Close Outlook and browse the folder with location: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
2.Execute Scanpst.exe and locate the corrupt pst file using Browse from Inbox repair tool dialog box, then click Start.
3.As soon as the file gets scanned, go through the information in the appeared dialog box and then hit Repair option.

It is to be noted that the checkbox Make backup of scanned file before reparing should be marked so as to maintain a back-up of the pst file before the utility attempts to repair it.

When the process is completed, the required pst file can be easily identified, as, it is the file having extension .pst. But in case the user still cannot access the repaired pst file then the need arises to take help of a third party software. Cause of inaccessibility even after repairing the pst could be that the Scanpst.exe utility works best in case of header corruption of Outlook data file and generally while repairing it deletes those files which are not interpreted by it.

Therefore, a commercial tool developed for handling such issues can do the needful in such situation. Inbox repair tool is such sophisticated and prominent utility which is capable of handling any sort of corruption issue of PST and can even recover the deleted and password-protected emails and data items. Moreover, after recovery it lets the user to save the data in file formats such as PST, EML, DBX and MSG.