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Retrieve Outlook Contacts Deleted After PST File Header Corruption

Many of us depend thoroughly on Microsoft Outlook for emails, keeping track of one's contacts, organizing the calendar and more. Whether it's Windows Vista or XP OS, Outlook 2003 or even Outlook 2010, every small bit of information is stored in a single file commonly referred to as a Personal Storage Table (PST). Outlook uses PST file to store all its contents related to emails and other attributes on a local hard drive. The PST file is like a local drive for MS Outlook. Sometimes suddenly you will start facing some issues while accessing your Outlook account, which stops working. This happens because your PST file might have corrupted. In order to restore the Outlook contacts and other attributes after PST file corruption issues you need to opt for a good Outlook recovery software.

The PST file is not a simple text file. It is based on a binary data format. PST are prone to corruption, often rendering files as unreadable. Here listing a few among them:

  • Due to sharing over the network: PST file is primarily designed to store on local hard drive. If you access through a remote drive or server, the network environment cannot support dense access of PST file which may result in PST file corruption.
  • Logical corruption by the third party application: If your PST file contains a number of emails and other data, the most of the operations will be affected by antivirus program which results in a slow down of operation, eventually leads to PST file corruption.
  • Abrupt system shutdown: If your system shuts down due to sudden power cut when your Outlook application is in process, then there are chances of your PST files being corrupted resulting in loss of PST data. If you do not close or exit Outlook application and shut down the system directly then also the PST get damaged due to improper termination.
  • PST file header corruption: The PST file header that stores the entire information of PST file like date and time of creation, size, located address, contacts, etc. If this gets corrupted by getting infected from some harmful malware or any other reasons then it results in inaccessibility of PST files and huge loss of important Outlook data.

Although, the corrupted PST files can be repaired using an inbuilt repair tool known as Scanpst.exe or Inbox Repair Tool. It is capable of repairing light damaged PST files and if the PST files are severely damaged then it fails to repair. In such cases, you can make use of Recover Outlook software to restore all deleted contacts and files. Recover Outlook software easily retrieve Outlook PST file items lost after PST file corruption in very less span of time.

In order to avoid and overcome loss of emails, always maintain an updated backup of PST files and shut down your system properly. If the PST file has been corrupted then stop using Outlook to avoid permanent loss of data. Use this advanced tool for repairing corrupted PST file in order to retrieve deleted emails from Outlook in just a few steps.

Repair Outlook (PST) software repairs corrupted PST file and recovers deleted and lost emails, contacts, tasks, notes etc. effortlessly. This software can also recover unintentional deleted emails from Deleted IteMS folder. It can also perform Outlook 2003 data recovery along with other versions such as 2000, 2010, etc. This tool creates a new PST file and save recovered Outlook data in newly created PST file folder. It can even restore Outlook contacts along with other attributes. Recover Outlook software can also recover password protected and highly compressed or encrypted PST files. You can download the free trial version of this utility from which you can preview the repaired and recovered Outlook PST data.

Follow the steps given below to restore deleted Outlook contacts:

Step 1: Download and install the free trial version of Outlook Repair Tool and launch it. After launching the software you come across main screen in which you find three options like Open PST File, Find PST File and Select Outlook Profile as shown in Figure 1.

Recover Outlook - Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 2: In case you are not aware of the PST folder then you need to select Find PST File option

Step 3: After you select the find PST file option then you need to click on "Browse" option to upload the PST file to be repaired as shown in Figure 2.

Recover Outlook - Find the PST File

Figure 2: Find the PST File

Step 4:After that you need to select the scanning method and destination location to store the fixed PST file and then click on Repairas shown in Figure 3.

Recover Outlook - Select the the scanning method as well as the Destination folder

Figure 3: Select scanning method and Destination path

Step 5: After the repairing process is completed then you can view the repaired PST files or folders as shown in Figure 4 and evaluate the recovery results.

Recover Outlook - Scanning Summary

Figure 4: View repaired PST files

Note: All the facilities of trial and purchased version will be identical except the fact that you can only save the recovered PST file in later one. Demo version is for evaluation of recovery results only.