How to Restore OST File in Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007
Posted: Jul 26, 2017
OST file is the Offline Storage Table of the Microsoft Outlook. The main aim of the OST File is to make users work in an offline mode or when the Outlook is not connected to the Exchange Server. In an offline mode also, a user can easily perform any activity like read or delete already existing mail, save the message in drafts, or compose a new email, etc. Moreover, a user needs not to worry about any updates. It is because when Outlook gets reconnected to Exchange Server again, the OST Files gets synchronized with Microsoft Exchange Server automatically.Like any other file, the Outlook OST file is also prone to corruption. There are chances that while synchronizing OST file with the Exchange the process gets interrupted in between or terminated abnormally. In addition, it can also be possible that some important data is either missing or removed from the OST file. All this situation most of the times leads to corruption in Outlook OST file. In order to have normal functioning of MS Outlook and OST file, a user needs to restore OST file in Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007.
Solution to Restore OST File in Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007
There is both manual and professional solution available to repair & restore Outlook OST file. Therefore, a user can choose any of them based on the level of corruption.
1. Repair & Recover OST File of MS Outlook Manually
In Outlook 2007 and below versions, a user can choose scanost.exe to restore OST file. However, it is not installed in MS Outlook 2010 and all above versions. Therefore, a user can use scanpst.exe to recover OST file of Outlook 2016 and below editions. However, when it comes to fix complex OST file errors or badly damaged OST file, this application does not work. One can use this inbuilt utility to removes only minor level of corruption. In addition, the software is really clumsy and hard to use. Thus, to have a foolproof solution, one can switch to some professional solution like OST Recovery Tool.
2. Alternative Solution to Restore Outlook OST File and its DataAs discussed above manual solution has various limitations and unable to restore severely damaged OST file. Therefore, most of the users are searching for a guaranteed solution. One such solution is OST Recovery Tool. It is the tool that is capable of repairing any type of OST file without any OST file size limitation. However, one can also use this tool to convert Outlook OST to PST format. The tool restores complete data of OST file like emails, contacts, calendars, notes, etc.
Steps to Restore Outlook OST File using OST Recovery Application
1. First of all, download & Install OST Recovery Software. Then, click on Add File button2. After that, click on Browse button to locate OST file that needs to recovered3. Choose the Outlook OST file and click on Open button4. If Outlook OST file is badly damaged, check the Advance Scan option to repair it5. As you click on the Add file button, the software begins the scanning process6. When the scanning process completes, click on Yes button to save the scanned OST file7. The tool will provide the preview of all data items stored in the OST file8. After that, you can choose the email that you want to restore to PST format and click on Export option9. Then, you need to choose the PST format option to export OST to PST format10. In order to export selective emails, you can check the Mail Filter option and specify the date range11. Now, you need to choose the destination location by clicking on the Browse button12. To begin the Export process, click on the Export button13. After that, a tool will display a live status report of the export process14. As the process completed successfully, a message will pop-up. Click on OK button and exit the application15. In last, if you want can save the complete Export Report in CSV format for future reference.
Using all these steps it becomes really simple for the users to restore Outlook OST to PST format without any loss of data.
The Bottom Line
OST file plays a vital role for the users to work in an offline mode. Therefore, any type of error in OST file makes it inaccessible. This will further result in corruption in OST of MS Outlook. Thus, to restore OST file in Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007 and all other versions, we have discussed both manual and professional solution. As manual has some drawbacks, so it suggested using third-party tool discussed above in order to have a hassle-free solution.
Being an author of MS Outlook Ware, Clark Kent has experience in IT sector more than 21 years. He is now working with an organization of Data Recovery and known for his quality proficiency in MS Outlook and to provide excellent solution to the users.