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How to repair Microsoft Outlook with use Outlook Recovery Toolbox.

The necessary steps for recover PST files of Outlook:

  1. Select PST file for recovery
  2. Select work mode
  3. Reading PST file
  4. Define location for save data
  5. Select type of save & Recovering
  6. Open a recovered PST file in Outlook
  7. Moving VCF and EML files

1. - Select PST file for recovery

On the first page of the wizard the user has to select a PST file to be recovered.

After you click the button you see an additional window where the user can choose whether the program should recover files from local Outlook profiles or files from the disk specified by the user. The user can choose a profile to be recovered (if there are several of them) and a file to be recovered if the profile includes several PST files.

  • Select Profile of Outlook or select a file from disk.
  • Select PST file of a profile.
  • Select PST file from a disk.

If you don't know the location of PST files that should be restored, you can find it using the search feature (click button).

Note: users of Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 should have access to system folders and files where original PST files of Microsoft Outlook are stored.

You can find out the location of a PST file on the disk by right-clicking the Outlook Today icon or the Personal Folder icon in Outlook and selecting Properties. Then click the [Advanced.] button. You'll see the location of the original PST file in the Path field.

2. - Select work mode

Please select program work mode and press Next

  • Recovery mode - If you have a corrupted PST/OST file then use this mode to bring back to life as much content as possible.
  • Converter mode - If you have a healthy OST file and you need to convert it into a new PST file or if you have a healthy PST/OST file and you want to extract data out of it into separate .msg/.eml/.vcf files then use converter mode.

3. - Reading PST file

If you have selected the file to be recovered, the Next button becomes available. After you click the Next button, the program goes to the next step - reading data in the original PST file. The user can cancel the recovery process by clicking No when he goes to the second page of the wizard. To start the recovery process when you are at the second page of the wizard, you should select the Action | Start Recovery item of the main menu of the recover pst tool.

After the recovery process is finished, the second page of the wizard turns into a viewer of recovered folders and objects of the original PST file. Outlook Recovery Toolbox looks like a pst viewer. By use the pst viewer you can see objects (emails, contacts and so on) in a damaged PST file. The second page of the pst viewer similar with the original Outlook.

If the program discovers more than 1 object in the damaged PST file, you can go to the next page and the Next button becomes available.

4. - Define location for save data

On the next step of the wizard the user should define the location for storing the recovered data. The amount of free space on the disk should be twice as large as the original file.

5. - Select type of save & Recovering

On the last but one page of Outlook Recovery Toolbox you should choose how recovered data should be saved:

  • in new pst files
  • save data in separate files (.eml - for messages, .vcf - for contacts and .txt - for notes). Tasks, appointments and journals will not be saved.

That means that each object from Outlook folders is saved to a separate file. When information is saved as separate files, the folder structure on the disk will be similar to the original folder structure in the original PST file. So, the program can be used for extracting messages, contacts and notes from Outlook data files. In Outlook it's impossible to export messages in eml format.

Note: Tasks, appointments and journals will not be saved on the disk because the developers of Outlook Recovery Toolbox don't know in what standard they can save Outlook objects without losing most of the information stored there.

Clicking the Save button runs the process of saving the recovered data from the original file to the new PST file or to .eml, .vcf and .txt files.

Note: if data is saved to new PST files, Outlook 98 or higher should be installed on the computer. The recover pst tool will creates a new PST file(s) with a size up to 1G.

After the recovery process is finished, you can see the final report on the last page of the program.

Recover pst process by use the PST recovery tool is over. You've recovered back a lost data from a damaged pst file. You can use a recovered pst file now. All items above is the answer on a question: How to recover pst file?

6. - Open a recovered PST file in Outlook

To open a recovered and saved file in Outlook you should select the File | Open item in the main menu and click:

  1. Outlook Data File in Outlook XP
  2. Personal Folders File (.pst). in Outlook 2000
  3. Open Special Folder in earlier versions of Outlook

7. - Moving VCF and EML files

Eml files can be moved to Outlook Express folders by dragging files from Windows Explorer to Outlook Express folders. The user should select files with .eml extension in Windows Explorer and drag them to an open folder of Outlook Express.

Vcf files can also be moved to Outlook folders and to Windows Address Book by dragging them from Windows Explorer. The user selects necessary .vcf files in Windows Explorer and drags them to an open folder in Windows Address Book. Contacts can also be imported to corresponding programs using standard features of data import available in these programs (Import or Import & Export menu items).

Software to open PST files

Outlook Recovery Toolbox open and repair damaged PST files all versions of Microsoft Outlook.

See also:

How to repair Microsoft Outlook? - detail description.: http://www.oemailrecovery.com/outlook_repair.html