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Outlook Data File Corruption – A Complete to Repair Corruption

by Shubham

Every email application stores its data in some file format and Outlook does the same. Outlook which is known as one of the most popular emails clients around the globe. Basically, Outlook stores its mailbox data in PST file format or Personal Storage Table. And this file format is very prone to be corrupted.

Now, due to the Outlook data file corruption, many Outlook users are a bit frustrated and if you are one of them, then here in this blog we are going to discuss the method to resolve the corruption of the Outlook data file (PST). Now, along with the resolution here in this write-up, we will also be going to how to protect our PST file to be corrupted.

But before going towards the process let’s discuss the what are the reasons for the Microsoft Outlook data file corruption.

Reason Behind Outlook Data File Corruption

Well, one of the major reasons for Outlook profile corruption is a corrupted PST. Because sometimes due to a corrupted PST the Outlook keeps crashing. Hence, it is very important to repair the corruption issue from Outlook. Also, there is another reason is when the PST file becomes oversized, then users face profile corruption. Also, the rest of the reasons are mentioned below.

  • An unexpected Outlook termination
  • Any type of interference or pause during Outlook Data transfer
  • Inadequate installation or profile configuration of Outlook
  • Now, after knowing the reasons let find out how to find the Outlook data is corrupted
Note: Well there are sort of errors and bugs you will face if you are getting a corruption issue such as Outlook not able to open, PST files not found, and Outlook being stuck on a blue screen or loading profile screen also many others.

How to Protect Outlook Data File to Be Corrupted

Will here in this section we are going to discuss some tips that will help you in order to preserve Outlook data files to be corrupted.

#Tip 1: Stop Force Outlook Termination

Outlook has certain steps to close the program. But there are many users who forcefully close the Outlook program by clicking on the red close button. But as we said this process hamper your Outlook data file. So, always close the Outlook by performing the below steps:

  1. First, click on the File option from the top menu bar.

2. After that click on the Exit button to close the Outlook program.

#Tip 2: Stop Forcefully Termination of System

There are some situations where you have to shut down your system forcefully. But this will affect not only the system hard drive but also effects the program which was running on your computer before shutting down. Now, if you are working on Outlook, then do not shut down your system forcefully.

#Tip 3: Maintain the Size of Mailbox

Oversized Outlook PST file is also the reason for Outlook data file corruption, then try to clean your Outlook mailbox on the regular basis. Because the junk files, duplicate data items, or large attachments can easily fill your Outlook mailbox.

How to Repair the Outlook Data File Corruption

Well, this is the 100 dollar question that if you have already faced corruption with your Outlook data file and want to fix this without losing any data. Then there is great news because Microsoft Outlook has its own corruption repair tool which is also known as ScanPST.exe or Inbox Repair Tool.

So using this utility you can easily repair the minor corruption of the Outlook PST file. But to use this utility you have to find the location of the ScanPST.exe. Now, to make the task easy here in the section we have discussed all the location paths of the ScanPST.exe according to the Outlook version.

ScanPST Location and Outlook Versions

Outlook 2019 & 2016

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16

Outlook 2013:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15

Outlook 2010:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14

Outlook 2007:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12

Steps To Use ScanPST.exe

After reaching the location search for ScanPST.exe and double click on the exe to open

Now, click on the browse button to Add the PST file and click on the Start button to start the scanning process.

Once the scanning process is complete a pop appears if the corruption is found during the scaning process.

After that click on the Repair button to fix Outlook data file corruption.

Now, the above method is amazing during fixing the minor corruption. But in the case of severe corruption situation, this ScanPST.exe is not able to repair the corruption. So in this situation, users start searching for an alternative solution.

Best Alternative Way to Fix Outlook Data File Corruption

If you are seeking an alternative solution to repair the corruption of the Outlook PST file. SysTools Outlook PST File Repair Tool is the tried and tested utility that will help you in order to repair Outlook PST data file corruption.


Outlook Data file corruption is one of the most annoying and frustrating isseu. So to resolve this issue, here in this blog we discussed the preventions and fixing solutions to repair Outlook PST corruption isseu in Outlook.

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