Unable to Read .pst File

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Repair .pst File Inaccessible


Repair Inaccessible .pst File:

If you’re on Microsoft Outlook and you’re unable to read .pst file or facing other errors while trying to access a PST file, you should probably try fixing your Outlook files and open corrupt Outlook PST file using its built-in Inbox Repair Tool or any other third party Outlook repair tool. First things first, let’s learn some basics about Outlook files and what causes errors in them leading to file corruptions before proceeding with repairing PST files.

What is a PST (.pst) file?

A PST file, short for Personal Storage Table, refers to a personal folder file in Microsoft Office Outlook in POP3, IMAP and other accounts that stores a user’s all account information such as Emails, contacts, feeds, notes, tasks, calendar entries, to-do lists and more. There is a separate PST folder for each attribute for a particular user account. The storage capacity for a single user's PST folder is 2 GB. PST files are used for all versions of Microsoft Office Outlook.

Unable to read .pst file: Why am I not able to access my PST files or what caused my PST file to get corrupted?

There are various reasons that caused unable to read .pst file errors and it is likely that your PST file is corrupt. Many actions can intentionally or unintentionally corrupt and make .pst file unable to read, the most obvious of which are posted below.

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Actions likely to cause PST and other MS Outlook files to get corrupt and display can’t open .pst file or similar errors:

  • Power related problems – Power outages and disruptions while accessing a PST file can damage that file
  • Faulty shutting down of the computer – intentionally or caused by power disruptions and by performing hard resets - long pressing the power button that forcefully shuts down the system while accessing the Outlook program
  • Hardware related errors and failures, including hard disk drive failures, Bad Sectors, malfunctioning RAM and similar actions
  • Failing to eject external hard disk drives and other storage devices safely before disconnecting them or turning them off can cause data corruptions
  • Faults in, or a weak program, specifically if it results in computer hard resets or data that is stored incorrectly
  • Viruses and other programs – viruses are famously known to corrupt any data which is infected with. Other third party tools that try to access PST files can corrupt them
  • Transferring or downloading errors – downloading broken or incomplete PST files and transferring Outlook files in a wrong fashion can cause corruption of PST files

How to overcome these errors and make PST files accessible again?

You can either download scanpst tool the built-in Inbox Repair utility, if you are wondering how do I run Scanpst.exe just click the link provided and follow the instructions in order to repair minor errors or make use of Remo Repair PST tool to completely fix even severely damaged Outlook files. .pst file doesn’t open error indicates it is severely corrupt and requires adequate repair action. Remo Repair PST is a dedicated and reliable Outlook repair utility to completely repair all Outlook files and recover all its contents effectively. It allows you to fix a PST file in few steps, thanks to its user-friendly, yet powerful interface. So, here’s the answer – Remo Repair PST is the tool with which you can overcome all PST related errors faced while accessing them and repair them efficiently.


Repair corrupt PST files using Remo Repair PST by following these steps:

Step 1: : Install and run the demo version of Remo Repair PST on your Windows computer and browse the corrupted PST file and click "Next".

.pst File Unable To Read - Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 2: On the next screee, select appropriate repair option to proceed with repair process.

Repair Inaccessible .pst File - Select Action

Figure 2: Select Option

Step 3: Select the drive where you wish to store the fixed PST file and click on “Next” to begin scanning process.

Repair Corrupt .pst Files - Select Destination

Figure 3: Select Drive

Step 4: Once scanning process is finished you can view the repaired PST files along with other data using "Preview" option.

.pst File Doesn’t Open - Preview

Figure 4: Preview Window