Outlook Troubleshooting

How Does ScanPST.exe Works in different Outlook Version

ScanPST.exe also known as Inbox Repair tool, is a proficient utility that helps repair corrupt Outlook PST mailbox data. When Outlook is configured, it automatically creates a PST file that acts as a file repository for the application. The file incorporates folders and sub-folders that manage Outlook data in an organized manner.

PST (Personal Storage Tables) is a file that includes table (by default) where data stored in folders and subfolders get updated with every single entry. Folder refers to Inbox, Contact, Calendar, Notes, etc. and subfolders refers to Sent Items, Deleted Items, Outbox, etc. Each row in the PST contains information about the messages and other data stored within the mailbox.

ScanPST.exe checks the inconsistencies existing in the Outlook PST file and makes correction automatically. When you run scanpst.exe, it scans the file and compares its contents with the data stored in the corresponding PST tables. If any sort of mismatch is found in the data stored within the folders and subfolders of PST file and its corresponding tables, then the utility corrects the format.

Tasks Performed by ScanPST.exe

When you click on ScanPST.exe utility, it performs the following mentioned operations on the selected file:

In order to use Inbox Repair tool in MS Outlook, it is important to know its location. The storage for ScanPST.exe depends on the version of Outlook and Windows operating system installed on the machine.

Location of ScanPST.exe

The following guide will allow you to detect the storage location of ScanPST.exe based on the version of Outlook and Windows you are using.

For Outlook 2013:

For Outlook 2010

For Outlook 2007

For Outlook 2003

For Outlook 2002 and XP:

For Outlook 2000:

For Outlook 97/ Outlook 98:

Now, when the location for ScanPST.exe is mentioned, let’s understand the complete procedure to run the utility and recover the corrupt PST file.

How ScanPST.exe Works to Repair Corrupt Mailbox

To repair the corrupt Outlook PST file, navigate to the location as where ScanPST.exe is stored and once the utility is found, follow the below steps—

  1. Double click ScanPSt.exe
  2. Microsoft Outlook Inbox Repair Tool window will appear
  3. Click on the Browse button to select the corrupt PST File
  4. In then appeared Open dialog box, navigate to the location where the corrupt PST file is stored
  5. Double click the PST file to open it and then click on Open button
  6. Next, click on Start button to begin the scanning process on selected PST file
  7. ScanPST.exe will initiate the scan process to check for inconsistencies existing in the file

The overall time that the scan takes to complete solely depends upon the volume of PST and the intensity of damage existing within.

  1. When the scan completes, the counts for error messages and issues found in the file displays within the dialog box
  2. Make sure that the checkbox associated to Make backup of scanned file before repairing is tick marked
  3. Click on Browse to select the location for saving the backup file on the hard drive
  4. After selecting the destination location for the backup file, click on Repair button

  1. Once the repair process completes, the tool will display Repair Complete message

Limitations Associated with Outlook ScanPST.exe

ScanPST.exe helps repair Outlook Personal Storage Tables and check inconsistencies, but several limitations restrict its usage to some extent.

Automated Solution to Repair PST File

In the instance of high-level corruption or damage, only a third-party tool helps to gain access to the lost Outlook PST mailbox. Stellar Repair for Outlook, a professional utility helps repair the Outlook file, regardless of the damage existing within. The tool allows recovering every single bit of data from all the folders and subfolders of Outlook mailbox.

The tool restores recoverable data in multiple file formats including PST, EML, MSG, HTML, PDF and RTF. Once the email messages are restored to a single file format such as EML, it can be accessed on various desktop and web email clients. In addition, storage to RTF and PDF formats allows accessing Outlook data on independent platforms.

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