Microsoft Outlook PST file, let’s start discussing the term “Microsoft Outlook PST file” itself, this term is stuffed with different things, like – MS Outlook – the most famous e-mail application, PST files – acronym for Personal Storage Table files, also known as Personal File Folder or Personal Address Book (.pab). We will move through these sub-terms and will help you understand, where exactly the problem lies when you start noticing perceptible changes in your system.
Importance of Microsoft Outlook Application
To start with, let’s take MS Outlook, so the question comes to what is it? Why do people use it in the first place, if it starts playing? Isn’t there an alternative for this, so that users can switch to that application? There are so many questions like this or just variants of these which need to be addressed as soon as the user gets to face this. Answering the question as to what is this MS Outlook about – well, it is a personal information manager from Microsoft which comes as a part of Microsoft Office suite. The current versions or one can say latest versions of Outlook are Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 for Windows and Microsoft Office Outlook 2011 for Mac.
So, Microsoft Outlook is not limited to Windows only, but it has stretched its arms to Mac now. The MS Outlook can play various roles, like the role of a task manager, calendar, contact manager, note taking, journal and even one can browse the Internet with the help of it. Also, it can be used as a stand-alone application as well. Now, one can understand why the MS Outlook is so popular.
Now, PST files – it is an open proprietary file format that is usually used to store copies of messages, calendar events, and other items within Microsoft software such as Microsoft Exchange Client, especially the Microsoft Outlook. The PST files when functioning in capacity its capacity as a cache for Outlook’s Cached Exchange mode feature, it is called as Off-line Storage Table (.ost) files or an Off-line Folder File.
Use of Outlook Outlook Application
As far as Microsoft Outlook PST files are concerned, the messages, the calendar, and other data items are delivered to and stored on the server in Microsoft Exchange Server. PST (.pst) or .ost files are stored in MS Outlook. As one can guess, .pst files are used to store archived items and the .ost files to maintain off-line availability of the items. The advantage of these two files in use that – one can easily restore back the items deleted recently, and also the file internally maintains information about the allocation and non-allocation of blocks.
The problem arises when MS Outlook starts displaying different error codes, which is primarily due to the corruption of PST files.
One can site various reasons for corrupted .pst files, like –
- Corrupt Outlook PST, due to the fact that PST file has been very crowded and the data stored in it has crossed the advisable limit.
- Due to the fact that user is operating too many e-mails simultaneously.
- Damaged PST files.
- Improper handling of Outlook application.
Compatible with Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and supports Windows 8, 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Vista (32-bit/64-bit ), 2003, XP, 2000, NT4 (SP6).
Solution of Outlook PST Error Messages
Although one can try fixing the Outlook PST file problem by launch the inbox repair tool, also known as scanpst.exe repair tool, but it is advisable not to cramp your Outlook PST, as prevention is better than cure. Sometimes, one cannot fix the problem using scanpst.exe, because it applies to Outlook 2002 and earlier, or to ANSI encoded files. So, it is recommended to use Outlook PST Repair Tool against Outlook error messages, or the time when one finds that his/her Outlook not responding.