How to Repair PST Files using Microsoft Office 2007

This article will explain how to use Microsoft Office 2007 Inbox Repair Tool (scanpst.exe) which is included with Microsoft Office 2007 to recover your PST Personal Folders which include Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, Folder List, etc. From time to time your Outlook .pst file might get corrupted or damaged and for that we can use scanpst.exe to validate and correct errors in .pst files.

Note: The above tool can also fix corrupted/damaged .OST files

By default the scanpst.exe tool is installed with Microsoft Office 2007 Installation

For 32bit users the scanpst tool is located under:
%ProgramFiles%Microsoft OfficeOffice12

For 64bit users the 32-bit scanpst tool is located under
%ProgramFiles(x86)%Microsoft OfficeOffice12

How To:

1. Start -> Run -> %ProgramFiles%Microsoft OfficeOffice12SCANPST.EXE

2. Click on Browse… and select the corrupted/damaged .pst file and click on Start

3. Wait until the Inbox Repair Tool scans your .pst file

4. If your .pst file can be recovered when the scan finish you will have to click on Repair button to start the recovery process

For more information you can check the following Microsoft Article located at


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