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Resolving PST Backup Failure on a File Server

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Never store Outlook PST (Personal Folder) file on network storage devices! That's what Microsoft suggests by stating that PST has not been designed for long-term and constant method of storing messages in any enterprise environment. Many of the network administrators think that the traditional strategy of backup will also work for PST. So they store the PST files on a network which is shared centrally, and let Outlook access them, and run a scheduled backup. But the administrators need to understand that PST stored on any network share is susceptible to certain conflicts that can eventually corrupt the file. In such situations, backup availability becomes a must-have asset or it can call for pst file recovery solutions.


Let's take an example to illustrate the problem and describe the PST disputes through the solution.


Let's say an administrator stores several Outlook PST files on a file server that is scheduled to run a timely backup of all the data it stores. At times, it observes that its backup software reports backup process failure. On diagnosing the root through the backup log, it notices that each time, one or more of Outlook PSTs prevent backup to complete.



In case of remote PST, Outlook uses standard file command to read/write data from the file, which creates a great overhead and cause delays in read/write operations as operating system requires to send these commands to the the network computer and not to the local computer. This can result in a corrupted PST in case the connection fails or goes down. As a result, the backup software running on network storage device may fail on finding one or more corrupted PST.



As suggested, do not store the Outlook local files on network share. Move the files to local system and run Outlook Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) to repair. If this fails, restore from the last available backup or use a third-party pst recovery software.

A commercial PST File Recovery utility uses effective scanning procedure to diagnose and repair the corrupted PST. These software are easy to install and use.


Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair is an advanced and safe, utility that repairs corrupted PST and creates another PST to restore data. The Outlook PST Recovery Software supports MS Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000. With ability to restore all e-mails, notes, contacts etc., the tool is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.

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