Summary: This guide will help you to repair damaged PST file (Outlook Personal Folder) file with the use inbuilt inbox repair tool. In the process you will also learn various factors responsible for corruption of PST file.
Case Issue : You were working on some important emails and suddenly Outlook crashes and you are not able to access your emails. What would be the right thing to do at this situation.
Microsoft Outlook application is widely used for email communication by individuals and business due to its easy to use interface and various other day to day features like calendars, journals etc embedded into it. The major drawback of using Outlook is that all user information like emails, contacts, calendars etc are stored into a single folder also known as Personal Storage Table. Whenever anything unexpected happens to this folder all your emails and other information gets inaccessible.
If you are working in Exchange environment you can get a copy of PST file from Exchange Server but the main problem is when you are using Outlook as a standalone application. In such situations the only help you have is a free application called Scanpst.exe also known as Inbox Repair Tool. The main task of Inbox Repair Tool is to remove corruption issues from damaged or corrupted PST files.
Where to look for Scanpst.exe : Inbox Repair Tool is a free application and comes with MS Office installation. The location of scanpst.exe depends on the version of MS Office you are using. The location of scanpst.exe In Outlook 2010 or above is as follows :
If you are using a 32-bit Windows version, <C>\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
If you are using a 64-bit Windows version, <C>\Program Files\Microsoft Office(x86)\Office14
Once you locate the scanpst.exe tool the next step is to repair the PST file. The complete steps to locate the PST file and run inbox repair tool are mentioned in details here http://www.filerepairtools.com/tips/repair-pst-file-with-inbox-repair-tool/