It is always a pain when your PST file takes a dive.  You of course should have a backup of your file but even the best of us can over look making a backup of the PST file.  If your PST file is corrupt then all is not lost.  You can always try the built in Scanpst.exe tool that comes with Outlook.  You can find it by doing a system search or broseing to a similar file location like C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\.  The actual file location will varie for some and that is why most people just do a system search for scanpst.exe.

The Scanpst file works great for repairing files that have a corrupt header.  ALWAYS make a backup of the file first before you atempt the repair.  That way you are know worse off in case this free tool does not repair your corrupt PST file.

For those that need to know you should be able to find the PST file under C:\Documents and Settings\useraccountname\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook  in XP and in Vista it is C:\useraccountname\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.

If the Scan PST file can not repair this then you still have another option.  Try this PST file repair tool.  It’s a great tool that I use all the time on other peoples corrupt PST files.  This simple to use program has a free trial so you know ahead of time if it can repair your pst file.

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