August 16th, 2017
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OST files are usually created when you have enabled the cached mode in your Outlook Account. They keep a record of the activities you perform while working in an Offline mode. But due to certain reasons, the OST files get corrupted and you can open Outlook Offline Data. You can’t even open any folders in the OST file if it is severely corrupted. Therefore, here you can see how ScanPST.exe and ScanOST.exe will help you to repair corrupt OST File. You can even make use of an automated tool to fix the OST corruption issue. Let’s move on to the reasons for OST Corruption and then discuss the methods to fix it.
Generally, the reasons for OST file Corruption are divided into two parts i.e. Hardware Issues and Software Issues. You can explore both of them below:-
Check the Hardware issues that cause OST File Corruption
You may face sudden power failure while working with offline OST and such unexpected failure might result in loss of the OST file. Sometimes, an extra power supply enforced the processor to shut down the system abruptly resulting in OST file corruption.
OST Corruption comes into action when the storage drive in which you have the stored OST file might be corrupted. Due to this, the performance of Outlook drops down.
There is a possibility that networks used to access the internet on the system fail due to which Internet connectivity gets lost. If this happens during the OST file synchronization with the Exchange server then it will result in OST file corruption.
Software problems are logical errors caused by exceeding in size limit of the OST file. If you are facing this problem, you will need to repair the Outlook OST files or Split OST files into smaller files.
Sometimes the internal Outlook codes may be the cause of frequent OST file corruption. Such kind of problems cannot be detected at the user end. It ought to be handled by the developer.
For more usability of Outlook, Some users installed plug-ins that affect the overall performance of the Outlook application and also result in the corruption of OST files in some cases.
There are five effective ways to Repair Corrupt OST File problems are as follows:-
It is an in-built utility of MS Outlook that enables you to repair OST and PST files of MS Outlook. You can use this utility of MS Outlook to repair corrupt OST file and restore the data back to its original form. But the location of the ScanPST.exe utility might differ in various Outlook Versions like Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, and 2010. You can check the ScanPST.exe location below:-
|Outlook Version||Inbox Repair Tool (ScanPST.exe) Location|
|In MS Outlook 2019
In MS Outlook 2016
In MS Outlook 2013
In MS Outlook 2010
|C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
Steps to Repair Outlook Offline File through ScanPST.exe
You can follow the steps given below to fix the damaged OST file using this utility in Outlook 2007 and 2003.
It often happens that you are unable to access the exchange account and it can be due to the unavailability of the server. If the OST file is unavailable or corrupted then you can recreate it.
The Process to Recreate OST File is:-
This method can help you to Repair Corrupt OST Files but it will be only effective if you have synchronized Outlook Folders to the Exchange Server otherwise don’t apply this method.
Sometimes any inappropriate add-in to the Outlook Account makes the OST file inaccessible and you cannot open it. So, starting MS Outlook in Safe Mode will disable all the add-ins that might be troubling in starting Outlook but they will not repair the corrupt OST files.
The Steps to Start Outlook in Safe Mode are:-
This command will disable the add-in but it won’t fix OST File corruption. For severely corrupted OST Files, you will have to use an Automated tool to repair them.
You can use Professional OST Recovery Software to fix all types of corruption issues of the OST file. This software will help you to repair corrupt OST files in Outlook 2019, 2016, and 2013. You can follow the steps given below to fix the damaged OST File.
Outlook versions such as 2007 and 2003, the repair of corrupted outlook OST files was easy with the help of ScanOST. However, in new versions such as 2010, 2013, or above, this built-in ScanOST is absent. Therefore, you need to put extra effort to repair corrupt OST File Outlook 2016. The above-stated methods are possible solutions that will help you repair damaged OST Files.