Saturday, June 21, 2008

Restore Deleted Items from an Outlook PST file

Found this link that may come in handy on restoring deleted items from a .pst file (Personal STorage file). Not a quick fix but if you are desperate it may help.

Here is the text with some notes from me.
This guide will instruct you how to recover all your deleted messages since the last time you ran “Compact Now” on a PST-file. (I will post a tip on compacting PST files)
When you haven’t closed and opened Outlook in between you’ll have the best results. If you have restarted Outlook in between the results are unpredictable.
If the items aren’t restored at the first attempt you could try again and delete more or other characters at the beginning but I don’t think it will work.
The best way is always to restore from backup; preventing is better then curing.
Locate the *.pst file (see my note below on how to locate) and create a copy of it to work with (never mess around with original files!)
Open the *.pst file in a hexadecimal editor. (I use UltraEdit for this) (I found a free one at
In the column on the right side overwrite character 7 to 13 with spaces. In the hexadecimal column (left column) block 7 to 13 will display 20 (hexadecimal value for a space)
Save the *.pst file
As you have now corrupted your pst file you need to run scanpst.exe (located in c:\program files\common files\system\mapi\1033\nt or just search your hard drive for scanpst.exe - note that this can take a couple of hours to run) to repair it
When scanpst has repaired your pst file open in it Outlook and look in the Deleted Items folder or in the original folder to locate your deleted items

  1. How to locate the PST file.
  2. Right click the folder set
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Advanced
  5. Look at path in File Name Field.


Alex said...

Where is fine tool-outlook restore, recover data from Microsoft Outlook .pst files, can also be used to recover data from Microsoft Exchange .ost files and convert them into Microsoft Outlook .pst files.

Anonymous said...

I heard a popular Outlook recovery tool called Advanced Outlook Repair is also availabe for repairing your PST file. It is a powerful tool to recover messages, folders and other objects from corrupt or damaged Microsoft Outlook PST files.

Anonymous said...

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Alex said...

For solve problem with pst files and other similar files advise good tool-pst file repair utility,tool is free as far as I know,it recover corrupted files with *.ost and *.pst extensions,can help you to extract all messages and contacts, your mailbox will be completely restored,can preview the results and see, which messages can be repaired successfully with Outlook .pst file repair program,can save the results to their hard drives or any other removable media,supports extracting of *.vcf, *.eml and *.txt formats,also possible to convert recovered data to a file with *.pst extension, that can be opened by any email client, compatible with Microsoft Outlook.

Anonymous said...

I must admit that exist nice tool-recovery file .pst,it works with mails and perhaps more than,also application is free as far as I know,utility recover data from files in *.ost and *.pst formats,permits to avoid data losses, when mail server administrators face a problem of viruses, hardware damages or software errors,will process a backup copy of your account in *.ost format, that is created automatically by your mail server and convert all messages, contacts and even attachments to a file with *.pst extension, you may open it offline by any email client,start working on corrupted pst file recovery with Outlook pst file recovery software.

Bob Luis said...

You may also try a very popular PST Repair Software to repair corrupt Outlook PST & recover email, calendar, notes, tasks, contacts and other pst file items. The software also retrieves lost PST Password & Split PST File of Microsoft Outlook.

Alexis said...

Know one nice tool which recover mails and may be more...It is free as is known-opening a .pst file.Besides that it helped my good friend in serious situation.It can works under Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista and all supported versions of Microsoft Outlook.

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Mohit Mathur said...

You can also Compact PST File using Stellar Compact PST software that Compress PST File to reduce its size & hence saves it from corruption.

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Robert Johnson said...

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Chris Martin said...

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