Microsoft Outlook is the world’s best and most popular email client application used by most of the peoples for storing emails and performing a variety of tasks. But sometimes while opening a file or sending an email message in Microsoft Outlook 2007 or later versions, users report errors like – Outlook freezes/stuck, Outlook not responding, and for some others “Outlook stopped working “. And mostly these problems occur if there are some issues with .pst (personal folder file) file or if the file is corrupted.

What is pst file in outlook?

Outlook PST file is a Personal Folder File (the preferred file format used by MS Outlook) which stores email messages, journals, notes, tasks, calendars, contacts and other attachments on your system. That means whenever you send/receive emails using MS outlook, all the information stored on Outlook .PST file, and the storage limit for a single user’s .PST file is 2 GB.

But sometimes due to improper shutdown of Outlook program, continuously increasing size of PST files, virus infection, invalid system registry and more…the outlook .pst file gets corrupted that further results in various problems.

How to repair outlook pst file (2016/2013/2010)

So if you are encountering errors in your Outlook PST file or your Outlook is not responding at startup, outlook not opening or closes automatically, Outlook stopped working, here’s how to repair .pst file errors and fix the problem.

Use the Inbox Repair Tool (scanpst.exe)

To deal with this type of outlook problems Microsoft office itself offer “Inbox Repair Tool scanpst.exe” that attempt to fix corruptions and repair damaged PST files. But it only repairs minor errors and supports only 2GB of size. If the file size is more than 2 GB, then you should use an advanced pst file repair tool like Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair that completely repairs and recovers deleted emails, contacts from a severely corrupted PST file.

Note: We strongly recommend to backup the .pst file before performing below steps.

To Run Inbox Repair Tool, Close outlook (if running) and go to

  • Outlook 2016: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16
  • Outlook 2013: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15
  • Outlook 2010: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14
  • Outlook 2007: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12
  1. Look for SCANPST.EXE file double click to run the Tool.
  2. Click Browse and select the PST file that you want to repair.
  3. Click on the Start button.

Repair Outlook data files

Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair

Well, the Inbox Repair Tool (scanpst.exe) fix minor corruptions, but sometimes it fails to repair Outlook PST file when there is major corruption or the emails or contacts have been deleted. And in such circumstances, you can opt for a professional PST Repair tool “Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair” that will fix various types of errors like –

“Outlook.pst can not be accessed – 0x80040116″
“An unknown error has occurred. 0x80040119″
“An unknown error has occurred. 0x80040600″
“pst has reached maximum size limit”
“Microsoft Outlook has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience”
“Data error: Cyclic redundancy check. XYZ.pst could not be accessed.”

About Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair Software

Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair (developed by Hi5 data recovery software) is an advanced PST repair software that carefully scans your Outlook data file and recovers emails, contacts, calendar items, notes, journals, tasks, and other Outlook attributes securely. No matter your Outlook PST is more than 2GB, password protected, not responding, shows up error messages, Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair is capable to repair and recover emails from all these scenarios.

Have a large PST file more than 10GB?

Don’t worry, there is no file size limitations for PST repair when you employ Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair, which will smoothly repair and restore emails, contacts, and even deleted items folder from corrupted PST files larger than 20 GB. Some other features offered by Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair are:

  1. Recover ALL your data including calendar entries, notes, contact info, custom folders, and more
  2. Offers two different scan mode, Normal Scan for repairing PST files that have Minor errors, And Smart scan offer Advanced PST repair to fix highly corrupted PST files, recover deleted emails
  3. Repair Outlook PST and Recovers Outlook mailbox items without altering their originality
  4. It has the capability to Repair and Restore emails from encrypted or compressed Outlook PST file
  5. Support and repair different version of MS office (2010,2013,2016) PST or OST files. Even Supports the latest versions of Windows 10
  6. 100% recovery of emails from deleted items folder with all its attributes like To, CC, Subject, attachments etc.
  7. And most important the software Provides preview option of repaired or recovered items prior saving

Repair Outlook PST using Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair

  • First of all, download Hi5 Software Outlook PST File Repair from its official page
  • Install the application on your PC and Run the Hi5 Software Outlook PST File Repair
  • The Main screen will display three main options:
  1. Open PST File – manuallyselects the PST file from default location of your PST File (C:\Users\ [Username]\AppData\Local\MicrosoftOutlook) If you have previously changed the Default Outlook PST file location, and well aware where the Outlook PST file located. Then choose this option and provide the PST file path manually.
  2. Find PST Files – If you don’t know where the PST file located, select this option, and located drive letter to find the PST file. The software automatically scans the entire drive for all available PST files list.
  3. Select Outlook Profile– This option helps to detect the associated PST file if you have configured multiple Email IDs/profiles on the same computer.

Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair main screen

  • Select your preferred option, Or select the pst file path manually using the browse option.

select the PST path manually

  • Choose whether you want a normal scan or advanced scan and pick the destination folder in the next screen of the wizard
  1. Normal Scan – Suitable when your PST file has minor corruptions or Outlook Refuses to open, stopped working due to PST errors.
  2. Smart Scan – Perform Advanced PST repair, That scan PST file for severe corruptions and errors. Also recover deleted emails, contacts, appointments, journals, notes, or any other Outlook attributes.

Select PST file repair modes

Click Repair to Start the repairing process for the Corrupted or damaged Outlook PST file. During the repair process, the software reads the file, extracts contents and then creates a healthy file by fixing the issues accordingly. Hence Your original PST file will not be altered or edited and keeps your entire Outlook attributes intact.

Also During the scanning process, this tool Provides a preview of all restored Outlook items in Outlook Style Browser. And if you are satisfied with the results you can buy the tool and save them to a particular location.

Repair Outlook PST file and recover emails

That’s all, after successfully completing the repair process, close the application. Open Outlook and import the repaired PST file.

You can do this from File -> Account settings -> Data files -> Add -> select the healthy and error free Outlook PST file path that generated by Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair.

add outlook PST Data file

Note: The free version of the software allows you to restore all the emails from Outlook PST file with the email headers whereas the upgraded version makes you restore all the emails with all the contents.

Overall Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair is an efficient and powerful PST repair tool designed to recover your email from the effects of a corrupt or damaged PST file. No matter what problem you’re having, this software can help you get back on track again. And the best thing is, it will not alter the original Outlook PST file. If you’re having different problems with Microsoft Outlook, then this is Your go to software. Let’s try Hi5 Outlook PST File Repair, if already tried do share your experience on comments below. Also Read How to fix iTunes Unknown Error 0xE When Connect to iPhone/iPad/iPod.

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