Outlook data files are those that store emails, contacts, notes, calendars etc. Instead of having a separate file for each, all of them are stored in a PST file.
The latest versions have a different form of data file to store these items. But in Outlook 2016 and earlier, most of them were stored in a PST file format.
Since they are also stored on the same hard disk where your OS resides, there are chances of corruption. Data files become large when your calendar meetings, emails are too many. You can archive them. Take backup if necessary.
Virus and Malware are another hindrance in the damage of these data files. When a PST file is not in its original form, only PST recovery tools can help recover your data.
Why Outlook PST Repair Software is Required?
Strong encryption methods prevent easy access to PST files when they are broken. Also depending upon the severity of data loss, you need advanced methods to regain your emails and notes.
The PST file recovery tools are useful for Windows 8.1/ 8, 7, Vista kind of OS which are legacy systems. Also many Microsoft users still use Outlook 2013, 2010, 2016 even though they are outdated.
For such software, PST file formats were primarily used to store data. So recovering the broken data needs some legacy tools which may not be available in 2022.
In this guide we are going to see the details of SFWare PST Repair Tool that can recover your corrupt PST data file with a few clicks.
The pro version of this tool costs $49. It is a one-time payment. You can get discounts on promotional weeks and holidays.
- The installation file is an exe with 20MB in size. Download from the home page.
- Install it like any other software. If you are using Windows 11 or 10, you may be asked for some permissions from Microsoft Store to accept.
- Opening screen you won’t find the Register button.
- Click the Open PST file. You should see a Register button at the top.
- Enter the license key sent through email after purchase.
- Your product is activated.
Note: Make sure the PST Repair tool is installed in a different location then the corrupt PST file.
I have taken a test file from my Microsoft Office LTSC Professional 2021.
To my surprise the Outlook data files are still stored in PST format.
I was on Windows 11. I took a test file that is corrupt.
- Browse to the location where the corrupt PST file resides. Select file and click Next.
- Normal Scan and Smart Scan are two ways of getting back your damaged PST file.
- Select the destination path where you want the recovered file stored.
- Select a different driver and folder for better results.
- Click on Repair.
The file was repaired on Windows 11. To check if the installation and repair works on Windows 10, I tried the same procedure on it. Windows 10 is a supported OS as per the homepage of this PST recovery tool.
I received a DLL error on installation. Once I installed the latest version of Microsoft Visual C++ libraries the error was gone.
Using the normal scan I repaired the damaged PST file. The time it took was only 10s. The report shows the number of Outlook items that were recovered. It is useful to know whether all the items lost in the corrupt process are returned or not.
Now go to the repaired PST file with a slightly modified name. You just have to go to Outlook 2013 or 2016 and import the PST data file. In my experiment I was able to recover 10 Inbox items. Since most of the items were deleted, I had only a few emails left over.
You also have a default PST file repair tool from Microsoft to do the same. But it works for some PST files only. If the level of corruption is too high then you cannot recover it back.
The SFWare PST repair tool is good at getting back those calendar, notes, and inbox items where the Microsoft tool has failed. Password and encrypted PST files can easily be repaired by this tool.
Some common Outlook error codes like Error code 0x800CCC0D, Error code 0x800CCC0E, Outlook error code 0x8004210A, Error code 0x800cccof can easily be removed using this tool.
In all this lifetime detail should be enough to protect your Outlook data files. Other third-party tools exist, but the interface is not as simple as SFWare.