Solved pst file problem can't be solved

July 9, 2015 at 04:42:37
Specs: Windows 64
I opened a .pst file using explorer and "open with outlook". The file size then changed from 390mb to 64kb. When I tried to import the file to outlook, I received a message indicating it was not a .pst file. I read that opening a .pst file with explorer can corrupt the file. How can I get the data (emails, contact, etc) back.

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July 9, 2015 at 06:16:44
If you add the file to the Data Files list, does it show up in the Navigation Pane? What version of Office are you running?

There's an Inbox Repair Tool for pst files. It's fairly reliable.

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July 9, 2015 at 12:17:36
PST files can often be repaired. Please let us know which version of Microsoft Office you are running.


ASCII Question, Get an ANSI

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July 15, 2015 at 08:17:18
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if your corruption is complicated or severe, as variant guide below might be the same effective as first way...

1. First close all open Outlook windows.
2. Then write down the name of the current Outlook data file. (The default name is: “Outlook.pst”)
3. Rename the current Outlook Data file (e.g. “Outlook.pst”) to any name you want (e.g. “OutlookEmpty.pst”).
4. Without closing this window, open a new Windows Explorer to find and copy here (at the Outlook Data files folder) the Outlook backup file from your backup location.
5. Now inside Outlook data files location, you should have two Outlook Data files named:
a. Outlook.pst (your Outlook backup file) &
b. OutlookEmpty.pst
6. Rename – if needed – the Outlook backup data file to the name you wrote down previously.
7. Now open your Outlook application and you should have successfully restored your Outlook data.

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