Repair Outlook PST without Scanpst tool

Have you ever encountered following error messages?

  1. “The Inbox Repair Tool does not recognize the file abcd.pst...”
  2. “An unexpected error prevented access to this file. Use ScanDisk to check the disk for errors, and then try using the Inbox Repair tool again.”
  3. “Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) hangs endlessly and does not perform the repair.”
  4. “The PST file fixed by Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst) is empty or does not contain the wanted items.”

The reasons for encountering these messages is that your Outlook profile’s PST file severely corrupted and the Inbox Repair Tool a.k.a. Scanpst.exe is not able to fix that corruption.

Scanpst is an inbuilt tool that comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Office suite. It can be found at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office location. When your PST file suffers low level corruption then Scanpst can be utilized; but this tool becomes useless when corruption is of high level. Let us see some corruption issues that cannot be repaired using Scanpst.

PST file saved on bad sectors of hard drive – Bad sectors on your computer hard drive might get created due to frequent saving and deleting of files on it or due to serious virus infections. The files that are saved on these bad sectors become corrupt and you get no longer access to that file. There might be a possibility that your Outlook profile’s corresponding PST file might be saved on the bad sectors and due to which you are unable to access sent/received emails and other attributes.

Malware Infection – Suspicious emails might contain malicious data that results in the corruption of PST file. Therefore, it is advised not to open any mail or download data from it unless you know who the sender is. As the PST file is saved on your local machine, therefore, it might also get virus infected from outside. To avoid the infection, make use of a good quality anti-virus tool.

Abrupt closing of Outlook application – Suppose you are working on your Outlook application or some emails were being sent or received and suddenly the Outlook application is closed. This will result in the corruption of the corresponding PST file and even the Outlook application. The reason for Outlook application abrupt closing can be a sudden system shutdown, virus infection or it can be a result of an application update that is not compatible with your system’s configuration.

Other common PST corruption scenarios – PST file oversize, corruption of PST file due to the usage of unreliable recovery tools to restore deleted or lost PST file, Outlook application update, file system corruption, header corruption, etc.

To repair PST file without Scanpst is an easy task; make use of Outlook Inbox Repair Tool which is far better than Scanpst tool. It can repair PST file under all the above mentioned corruption scenarios by using its advanced repairing algorithms. This software is even capable of repairing various error messages that are encountered when the PST file gets corrupted. To know more about repairing CRC error in Outlook PST file, go through

How to repair PST without using Scanpst.exe?

Step (i) – Download & install the tool and run it on your Windows OS.

Step (ii) – From the main screen select any one option from “Open PST File”, “Find PST File” & “Select Outlook Profile”.

Repair PST File without Scanpst - Main Screen

Step (iii) – Now choose the scanning method and the destination folder.

Repair PST File without Scanpst - Make Selection

Step (iv) – Preview the repaired PST contents and save it after buying the full version.

Repair PST File without Scanpst - Preview Screen