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Manual Guide to Repair Corrupt OST File Through Free Integrated Scanost.exe Tool

Microsoft Outlook is one of the most widely used email clients as it comes with a lot of exciting features. MS Outlook stores the email files and information in Personal Storage Table (PST) and Offline Storage Table (OST) files. As the name suggests, Offline Storage Table is the format which enables users to work in offline mode when Outlook is not connected to Exchange Server.

All the offline data is stored and created in OST format when working without connection with Exchange Server. The best part of Outlook is that it enables users to modify the content offline and save changes in OST file, which is synced once it is connected to the server.

Sometimes, users cannot connect to Exchange server when using Outlook due to various errors that are unidentified and unknown. There are several reasons responsible for this failure, such as hard drive failure, unexpected system shutdown, virus attack etc. which damage OST file. Once this file is corrupt or damaged, you cannot access it and sync with Exchange server properly. In that case, you should use scanost.exe which is an Integrity Check Tool that comes with Outlook for free.

 

By default, this tool is located at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office_version. It performs integrity check of OST file. The best thing is that this tool doesn’t alter the hierarchy of mailbox. All it does is scanning the corrupt OST mailbox and attempts to fix the synchronization problems in OST file. It recreates the header of data file and resets the structure of the file to repair offline data. Make sure Outlook is connected to the server to start this tool. Here’s how to use this tool –

  • Close MS Outlook if it is open.
  • Browse scanost.exe at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office_version
  • Open scanost.exe
  • It will prompt you to choose a profile as per your setting in MS Outlook. Choose a profile which consists of corrupt file.
  • It has two options “Work Offline” and “Connect”. You have to click “Connect”.
  • Choose the “Repair Error” checkbox to repair the error with this tool. It will create a scan log without repairing it if you don’t select this box.
  • Click “Start Scan”
  • Open MS Outlook to view the scan log. In “Deleted Items” folder, click “OST Integrity check”.

 

What If Scanost.exe Doesn’t Work?

The Deleted Items folder also contains the items that cannot be repaired by this tool. If the error cannot be fixed with this tool, it is better to download OST to PST Converter software. It is a simple and easy to use OST to PST Converter that comes with exciting features along with OST to PST conversion. With few clicks, you can convert corrupt OST files into PST files and other formats like Office 365, MSG, EML, PDF, and HTML. You may download free trial version which allows conversion of 20 items in each folder from OST to PST files. You can easily convert all the mailbox items, such as emails, contacts etc. without any error.

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Step by Step Guide to Convert OST File to PST File Manually

OST file is automatically created when we connected MS Outlook client to MS Exchange Server. OST (.offline storage table) files allow users to work in offline mode, that is, when there is less or no network connectivity available. And when network connection gets connected, OST files get synchronized with the user mailbox on MS Exchange Server. To migrate OST file out of MS Exchange Server environment, manual conversion from OST to PST has to be performed such that all the mail items including Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, Contacts, Calendar Entries, Tasks, Journals, Posts, Appointments, Drafts, Meeting Requests, and Notes, etc. can be accessed without connecting to MS Exchange Server.

Need for performing manual OST to PST conversion occur in case user’s account on MS Exchange Server got accidentally deleted or corrupted, MS Exchange Server downtime, Server crash, database corruption and more etc.

Note: Be assure before performing manual OST to PST conversion process, MS Outlook must be installed on the local computer system connected to MS Exchange Server.

Now follow the steps to Convert OST to PST file manually (I assume we are using MS Office 2003 Professional Edition):

  1. Open MS Outlook
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  2. Click the File menu.
  3. Select the “Import and Export” wizard or press ‘t’.
  4. From the list, click the “Export to a file” option and then click Next button.
  5. Select Personal File Folder (.pst) and then click Next button.
  6. Selected items to be exported or Click on parent root and check the Include sub-folders option.
  7. Browse and select the target folder for saving the email items.
  8. Click the Finish button.

We perform OST to PST Conversion task manually; it is only be possible when user is connected to MS Exchange Server. And when the user gets disconnected from MS Exchange Server or in case MS Exchange Server got damaged, then you need a third party application to perform OST to PST conversion process.

If the above process did not help you or you are unable to perform such operation, In that case I would recommend user to try the Free Trial version of OST to PST Converter software. In Free version you can repair ost file if it is corrupted and convert ost to pst emails. And recovered or Converted emails you can see in preview items but you cannot saved it. If you are completely satisfied with software capability, you need to purchase the software license.

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