Recently we had some problems with the Outlook software at our office. It seems that upgrading our version of Windows caused several people’s .pst files to become corrupted and damaged – pretty much unusable. Obviously, panic ensued as people had lost a lot of important things. Apparently Suzie had some wedding pictures in there that were unrecoverable, and Dan had a few very important business documents that were time sensitive.
I did a bit of research and was trying to find a workaround by using scanpst.exe, but sometimes that wouldn’t work – the file was too corrupted. Ugh. So upon more research and Google wandering I found a program called Stellar Outlook PST Repair. I found it on a site called http://www.pstrepair101.com. Sounds too good to be true, huh? Well I saw that some techs had had some great success with it, to the point where they often used the program for clients computers. So I gave it a whirl – it wasn’t a cheap program but it got the job done. We got mostly everything back.
The thing about Outlook that really kind of sucks is that everything is in that .pst file so if it gets corrupted you’re really sunk. Obviously this should underline the importance of backing up your files! This is something I’m really going to implement into the office as soon as I can. Until then, I guess I can recommend this program!