Microsoft Outlook – PST Problems

PST errors are an annoying thing that tends to crop up from time to time for Microsoft Outlook users.  This refers to a problem with the .pst file, which is the way that Outlook stores all of the data for a particular user.  It’s actually short for “personal storage table” and it’s a file just like any other.  Unfortunately all your eggs are in one basket for this.  When clients come in with this kind of problem I tend to reach for a third party software tool as it’s the easiest way to fix the issues.  One of the ones that I use is Stellar Outlook PST repair.  This program can definitely help restore parts of the file that got messed up.  There is the option of using scanpst.exe, the inbox repair tool that comes with Outlook, but this tool just clips away parts of the file that are messed up.  It doesn’t do much to help with restoring the files.

If you’re looking for more information on fixing PST files that become corrupt, check out  This website has a bunch of articles, tips on using scanpst.exe, and more.  It also covers reasons that PST files might become corrupted in the first place.

As always we definitely recommend that you look into backing up your files on a regular basis.  If you had a backup to return to you wouldn’t need to worry about this.