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Repairing corrupt PST file after it exceeds 2 GB

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MS Outlook is an email client from Microsoft, which is available with the MS Office product suite and also as a standalone application. It is extensively used by users all over the world as it is used for emailing, contacts, meeting reminders, notes, journals, etc. The Outlook information is stored in a PST file. Sometimes the PST file can get corrupt due to several reasons such as virus infections, human errors, abrupt system shutdown, file size exceeding 2 GB, etc. In such cases, you should consider taking appropriate corrective measures to sort the issue. However, if you are unable to do so then you should use a third-party pst recovery software to perform pst file recovery.

Consider a scenario wherein when you open MS Outlook, you are unable to do so. An error message is displayed, which can be either of the following:

  • Errors have been detected in the file. Quit all mail-enabled applications, and then use the Inbox Repair Tool

  • Outlook.pst can not be accessed - 0x80040116.



The most possible cause for the aforementioned error messages is that the PST file has crossed its 2 GB limit and has got corrupt because of this.



To resolve this issue, you should use the Oversized PST And OST Crop Utility from Microsoft. This utility randomly deletes about 25 MB of data from the PST file so that you can use the PST file again. To use this utility, you need to perform the following steps:

  • Run the Pst2gb.exe program.

  • Click Browse to select the corrupted PST file, and click Open.

  • Click Create.

  • Select the name and location of the cropped data file that you want to create, and then click Save.

  • Enter the amount of data to truncate in the PST file. The best results are achieved when you provide the size between 20 MB and 25 MB.

When the PST file is cropped, run Inbox Repair Tool on it, to scan and repair the inconsistencies, if any, on the recovered PST file. Replace the corrupted PST file with the recovered copy. Run Microsoft Outlook, when done. However, if you are not able to repair the PST using the mentioned method then you should use a third-party pst recovery software to perform pst file recovery. Such read-only tools use fast yet sophisticated scanning algorithms to repair the corrupt PST file.

Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair Software is a pst file recovery tool that enables you to repair a corrupt PST file. It is able to perform outlook recovery by repairing PST files in all cases of corruption. This pst recovery software is capable of recovering deleted emails from the PST file. In addition, it preserves the formatting of the RTF and HTML mails. It supports Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2007 and is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000.

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