MS Outlook 2003 is an emailing application that is offered by the Microsoft for emailing and managing other attributes like contacts, journals, to do lists, setting reminders, appointments, RSS feeds, etc. This application is very use full in terms of being in touch with our contacts and managing daily work in an efficient way. Any information that you used on your Outlook is stored in a single file known as PST file. Sometimes, it may get corrupt due to various reasons and causes important data loss from your Outlook.
The PST file corruption can happen due to virus attack, improper termination of Outlook, power surge, PST header corruption, abrupt shutdown of system, etc. In such scenarios you have to take corrective actions or make use of inbox repair tool to fix the PST file corruption issues. But most of the time the inbox repair tool i.e. scanpst.exe tool cannot perform Outlook 2003 PST repair. This is because the tool is designed with limited functionalities i.e. it could fix the minor corruption issues of PST file. In such cases you need to opt the third party software that should be able to scan and the repair the PST files under all scenarios where the inbox repair tool is not capable to fix the corruption issues.
Consider a scenario where you may not be able to open or access PST file and getting the following error message:
“Invalid file path, the Outlook .pst file cannot be accessed”.
The main reason behind this error message is that the PST file has been corrupted due to some software errors. Once the PST file is corrupted, you cannot access the emails and other information stored in the Outlook because the Outlook is not able to read the information from the hierarchy of the file. Therefore, while starting Outlook in which the PST file was corrupted you have the possibility of getting the above error message.
The Outlook PST file can also get corrupt if the maximum size of PST file is exceeded. If you keep on using your Outlook for many days or months or years, the size of PST file is keeps on increasing and one day it may reach its maximum size or crosses it. When you reach this condition on your Outlook, definitely the Outlook PST file could corrupt and you can lose all data stored on your Outlook. For example, the size of PST file on Outlook 2003 is 20 GB, therefore once the PST file is reached to this limit; it could be corrupted and results in loss of emails and other attributes of Outlook.
No matter how the PST file is corrupted, it’s very simple to repair the corrupted PST file from Outlook using some third party tools like PST repair software. This software was designed by some industry experts especially to repair the severely damaged PST file from Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, etc.
PST repair tool is a read only application; therefore, it scans the corrupted PST file completely, extracts all Outlook data from it and prepares a new PST file format for this data. Once you completed the Outlook data recovery, you can import back this recovered PST file to your Outlook profile. Along emails it recovers contacts, journals and other Outlook items from the corrupted PST file. One can also estimate the Outlook PST repair before purchasing the software, for that the demo version of this software is needed to download in your computer. Once you satisfied with the result obtained by the trial version of this software, you can save the recovered data in a safe location using full version of this software.