Unable to Open PST file
Possible reasons for .pst files not opening in Microsoft Outlook and tips for fixing the issue
A .pst file also known as Personal Storage Table, is a file in Microsoft Outlook which is basically used for storing data locally. It is also known as personal information store file as it contains most of your personal information like contacts, address book and many more. It comes in different sizes in versions of Microsoft Outlook and as the file reaches its maximum range the program becomes sluggish. At the same time these .pst files are very much important for the proper functioning of Microsoft Outlook irrespective of the version. But sometimes you may not be able to open the .pst file. The reasons could be that either the file is corrupt or maximum limit of the file might have been reached.
The following points offer information on methods for resolving .pst file issues in Microsoft Outlook.
- Using Inbox Repair Tool
- By compacting
- Things to be kept in mind
Using Inbox Repair Tool
Initially in the 'Run' option of 'Start' menu you need to type ‘drive:Program Files Common FilesSystemMapiLocaleIDscanpst.exe’ and then click on 'Ok'. Now you need to type the path and the file name which you need to scan when asked followed by clicking on 'Start' option. After completion of the scan process check the 'Make a backup of scanned file before repairing' check box and then click on 'Repair'.
The file may not open even if its size exceeds the maximum range. In such cases you need to perform the compaction process to reduce the size. For that initially you need to select 'Data File Management' from the 'File' menu. Next you need to highlight the 'Personal Folder' and click on 'Settings' option. Then in the corresponding window select the 'Compact Now' option of 'General' tab and click on 'Ok' to finish the process.
Things to be kept in mind
An important point to be kept in mind is to back up the .pst file before performing any operation on them. As in case of the compaction process if there is interruption in between the process then stops and the file will be damaged. Therefore it is always recommended to have back up of the file so that the data will not be lost even if it gets damaged during the process.
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