MS Outlook is the reliable email application that helps users to send and receive email messages beside that it also support multiple features like calendaring, contact managing, journal, task managing, note taking and web browsing. MS Outlook saves all the mailbox items in the Outlook Data file that is PST or Personal Storage Table. Outlook mailbox is very important for Outlook users as it contains crucial emails and other mailbox items. It helps you in data maintenance, using which you can maintain Address Book, Remainders, Contacts, Tasks, Journals, etc. along with sending and receiving emails. Any unauthorized user can easily access your PST file if it is not protected or your Windows user account is not password protected. So that only you can login to your account and access Outlook data when PST file is password protected.
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Sometimes it may happen that you might fail to access PST file even by entering that password. You tried to login by predicting the password and your repeated wrong password entry attempts finally corrupt your PST file. Beside this, there are many scenarios in which Outlook PST gets corrupted as explained below:
- Outlook Up-gradation:
If you are still working with the older version of Outlook then you need to upgrade it quickly. But before up-gradation, Outlook PST file should be backed up properly. Otherwise, if anything goes wrong during the up-gradation process, then it may lead to corrupt PST file.
- OS Re-installation:
Outlook PST file can also be damaged when OS is re-installed. So it is advised to maintain a proper backup of PST file by using the reliable tool and avoid manually way of taking backup if you don’t have proper and complete knowledge of the procedure.
- Oversize PST File:
Outlook PST’s each version has certain fixed size limits, but if you try to cross the PST file size limit, then it stops working and becomes inaccessible. In such situation, you may lose access from all your data in Outlook.
- Virus Attacks:
Your PST file may catch a virus if email attachments sent by hackers or if the host system is infected by a virus. PST file can also get affected by a virus if the user is using insecure cyber space.
There can be several reasons behind PST file corruption like sharing it in a network, compression failure, improper shutdown of Outlook PST file and so on, even if it is password protected or encrypted. Whatever the reason is, you can still repair Outlook PST file using a competent Outlook PST file repair tool like Outlook PST Repair Tool software.
How To Repair Corrupt Password Protected PST File:
Using the Outlook PST Repair Tool you can repair password protected Outlook PST file without affecting the original PST file during the repair process. It can repair large sized PST file and can repair PST files created by any Outlook version starting from Outlook 2000 to latest being Outlook 2010. It is the perfect software tool to repair and restore deleted or lost emails as well as other Outlook attributes like Contacts, Calendar Items, Tasks, Notes, etc. from password protected PST file.
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Steps to Repair Corrupted Password Protected PST File:
After running the application a ‘Select Outlook Data File’ dialog box will appears. If you know the location of PST files then click on the ‘Select Outlook File’ button else click on the ‘Find Outlook File’ button to find the PST file in any volume or drive.
Now search for the drive location from “Look in” from where the PST file can be restored and after that hit on “Look in” button.
Software will find all the PST files in folder and subfolders in drive. After that it will display the PST files in “Find Results” section. Now choose PST file that you want to repair and hit on “OK”.
The path of the selected PST file is appear on the “Select Outlook Data File (PST)” , click on the ‘Start ‘ button to begin the scanning process.
After the complete scanning process the window display the all recoverable mailbox folders in the left side of the window. You can also see the preview of the recoverable mails, journals, contacts, calendars, Tasks etc.
Click on the check box that you want to recover and click on the “Save Recovered File” present in the top of the interface. After it a dialog box will appear give the path of the destination folder to save your recover data. Click on “Ok” button.
After this process a dialog box will appear with detail of the recover data, “Destination path” and the “Recovered File Size”.
At last you can see the file has been saved at the desired location.