Outlook PST files are prone to corruption because of several factors, which lead to data inaccessibility and decreased Outlook performance. Since these files are the main repositories of user mailbox data, any kind of damage can prove to be detrimental. The common causes of PST corruption are PST size limitation error, header corruption, media or index corruption, problem with device driver, network failure, hardware crash, OS malfunction, virus attacks, human errors, power surges and abrupt system shutdown amongst others. In the event of complete or partial corruption of PST files because of any of the above mentioned reasons, users are required to recover PST files in order to access their mailboxes.
In order o recover Outlook PST files, users can opt for the free utilities supplied by Microsoft along with each version of MS Outlook. Utilities such as the Inbox Repair Tool and the 2 GB Truncation Tool helps in resolving a certain type of corruption cause like the size limitation error or the PST header corruption problem. Apart from these, the free utilities are not efficient enough to recover PST files damaged due to some other factor. To recover PST files successfully, the best method is to use third party software like Kernel for Outlook PST Repair. Such a software does not have any limitations and offers reliable a means of PST file recovery.
With the help of third party software tools, Outlook users can easily recover PST files, which have gone corrupt due to any logical or physical factor. PST recovery is performed by conducting an extensive scan of the damaged files using data recovery modes like Quick Scan and Advanced Scan. The emails and items including address book details, contact entries, notes, drafts, calendar entries, appointments, tasks, journals, etc are all recovered with full accuracy. Data integrity is maintained and the metadata, properties, data structure and formatting of the recovered items are kept intact. Major errors associated with PST corruption can also be fixed within a matter of minutes. Therefore, commercially available PST repair tools are apt to recover PST files from severe damage.