Outlook PST Repair - Using ScanPST
[A] For Outlook PST repair using ScanPST, you first need to know the path to PST files. Unless you saved them elsewhere, Microsoft Outlook PST files can be found at the following places:
Windows XP and 2000
<disk drive>:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
<disk drive>:\users\<username>\My Documents\Outlook Files
--- Where <disk drive> is the drive where you installed Windows and <username> is your Windows user name.
[B] Another thing to do before you locate and run ScanPST is to turn on visibility of Hidden Files and Folders. To do this, open My Computer. Under Folder Options, check the box against Show Hidden Files and Folders. As ScanPST.exe is a hidden file, you may not be able to find it without enabling visibility of hidden files.
[C] Exit Microsoft Outlook. To locate ScanPST, press Windows key + F. The search window opens. Type the filename ScanPST.exe and press Enter. In Windows XP and Windows 2000, make sure you check the box against Include Hidden Files and Folders.
Once the ScanPST.exe shows up, double click on the icon to run it. Click on Browse and specify the PST file that you want to repair. Click Start. As ScanPST attempts Outlook PST repair, you can see a progress bar. After the repair process is finished, ScanPST presents you with a message. Click OK and then Close.
[D] Open Microsoft Outlook. If you see a list of recovered items in the left pane, move them to the desired PST file by right clicking on each item and selecting Move.
This explains how to perform an Outlook PST repair using ScanPST application. You may also use one of the many third party applications available on the Internet for Outlook PST repair.