Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Errors Detected in File when Running Scanpst

Microsoft provides Inbox Repair Tool as a tool that can repair corruption issues associated with Outlook Personal Folder (.pst) files. Also called Scanpst, this tool is automatically installed with all the available Outlook installation options, as per the operating system in use. It is suggested to backup the original file before applying it to prevent any post-crash consequences. But Inbox Repair Tool comes with limited functionalities and often fixes issues that occur due to Outlook internal errors or disk issues. If the damage source is external, PST is greater than 2 GB in size (in Outlook 97-2002) or extent of corruption is high, the tool might not fix the PST.

To illustrate, you might come across the below error message as a result of running Inbox Repair Tool on your corrupt PST file:

“Errors have been detected in the file . Quit all mail-enabled applications, and then use the Inbox Repair Tool.”

Where refers to the location of PST file on disk. The tool cannot fix corruption of this file.


This error is observed because of Outlook 2 GB file size limitation in Outlook 97-2002. Inbox Repair Tool cannot fix corruption with the file if its grows beyond 2 GB in size.


To solve the cases, such as discussed above, you should try the following steps:

1) Download and use Microsoft 2 GB Truncation utility. You should perform a complete backup of the affected PST before applying the tool. This is because the tool truncates the PST to fall under 2 GB in size, but simultaneously deletes some of the messages.
2) Run Scan pst on the truncated file

If you still cannot access the file because of its corruption, it is advised to use powerful products of PST file repair. Scanpst succeeds in limited number of cases. But, third-party PST file recovery products are sure solutions to repair the damaged PST file. These tools provide you interactive design plus powerful repair functionalities for a corrupted or damaged PST file. You can use these software in any instance when Outlook PST is corrupt.

Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair is a reliable and advanced repair utility for PST files created with Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000. It is one of the known product that is competent to restore all file objects, including emails, notes, journals, tasks and contacts. The tool works even if Scan pst fails. The tool incorporates high-end scanning algorithms and graphically rich user interface.

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