“Resolve PST file corruption issues with easy options”

Outlook PST file is a copy of Outlook user mailbox in a system drive. When a user establish a new mail account with MS Outlook, a copy of that mail account or mailbox is saved in .PST file format in the local drive. PST files of an Outlook user mailbox may be locked due to certain reasons such as virus and spyware codes, forced shutdown of Outlook program and corrupt storage device.

PST file created with MS Outlook 2002, 2000 or older versions can hold emails and attachments up to 2 GB only. Therefore to avoid PST file corruption due to 2 GB size limitation, user of Outlook 2002 or old versions must upgrade to MS Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010 version. If you uses an old Outlook version and want to upgrade your Outlook mailbox to new version, then do the following steps:

  • Make a backup of your Outlook PST files in other location
  • Uninstall the old MS Office Suite from your system from Control Panel
  • Install MS Office 2003, 2007 or 2010 suite in your system
  • Open new MS Outlook program
  • Press File menu and then “Import and Export” tab
  • Select “Import from a program or file”
  • Click browse to choose old PST file from backup location
  • Press “Finish” to save the old PST file in Unicode format

You can also compress emails of an Outlook PST file to reduce its size:

  • Open Start menu
  • Enter Drive:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook in the Run box
  • Right click on a PST file and press “Advanced” option
  • Tick the “Compress contents to save disk space” option and press “ok”

Drive and User name may vary for different Outlook users. By default, MS Windows and MS Office are installed in C drive of a system. You can also repair PST files for 2 GB issues and other minor corruption issues with the inbox repair tool of MS Outlook. But severe corruption issues of Outlook PST files can be resolved only with external software such as Inbox Repair tool. It is equipped with advanced algorithms and therefore, capable to retrieve entire items from a corrupt PST file in flawless manner. Using inbox repair tool, one can recover mailbox folders like inbox, sent items, deleted items, drafts, notes, calendars and journals from corrupt PST files.

Retrieved Outlook emails are saved by this program in a new PST file. Inbox repair tool also shows all recovered emails in a preview list before saving the items in MS Outlook or MS Outlook Express. This software supports MS Outlook 95, 97, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010 versions. Furthermore, it is also compatible with different versions of MS Windows.

Summary: PST files are damaged due to certain reasons such as 2 GB, virus codes and unexpected shutdown of MS Outlook. To get rid of 2 GB PST size restriction, users can upgrade their old Outlook mailboxes to MS Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010 version. You can also use the inbox repair tool of MS Outlook to fix minor corruption issues of PST files. But severe corruption issues of PST file cannot be fixed manually. Therefore, you must use a professional Inbox Repair tool in that situation.