How to Repair OST File in Outlook 2007 - Do You Know?

Microsoft Outlook is the popular email client, it uses PST and OST file format to manage emailing. A very good facility offered by Microsoft Outlook is to work offline. OST is created when we configure MS Exchange account with Outlook. At this time, one copy of your mailbox is saved as an OST file locally on user’s machine where MS Outlook has been configured. OST file offers a very good facility to work offline in downtime of Exchange Server. Although it becomes accessible in Outlook but the problem arises when OST file goes to inaccessible state due to corruption issues. If you have configured Exchange account using Outlook 2007 and your OST file is in inaccessible state then the primary question strikes in our mind as how to repair OST file in Outlook 2007. Read the below section of this blog to get answer for this query.

OST Integrity Check Tool (SCANOST.EXE )Must Be Your First Priority

Yes!! If your OST file becomes inaccessible and you need to repair it then you can take assistance from free utility offered by Microsoft Outlook. This utility is named as OST Integrity Check tool to repair minor corruption issues of OST file. OST Integrity Check tool is available with earlier versions of Outlook(2007,2003,2002). This utility is not available starting with Outlook 2010 and newer versions of Outlook.

Let’s See Some Basic Information Before Implementing OST Integrity Check Tool

 Location of OST File in Outlook 2007

 For MS Outlook 2007: drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12

 Can I use Inbox Repair Tool(SCANPST.EXE)

 No, Inbox Repair Tool will work only for Outlook 2010,2013 and other newer versions of Outlook.

 What is the difference between OST and PST?

 OST, as mentioned above, is created when Outlook is configured with MS Exchange. PST is not created by Outlook or the Exchange server.

  Is It Necessary to Close Microsoft Outlook ?

 Yes, it is necessary to close Outlook before running this utility.

  Does It Harm Any Crucial Part of Data ?

 Yes. If any part of your email and data is unreadable by the tool, it can consider that part is corrupted. During the process of repairing OST file it will remove corrupted part of email also.

  Is there any option to keep safe my data?

 Yes, you can keep safe backup of your original data in another location of computer.

  Will it work in absence of Exchange Server Connectivity ?

 No, Exchange Server connection is primary need to check issue of the OST file.

  Will it affect the data in mailbox saved on server?

 No. The scanost.exe only repairs the OST file saved locally.

  Does this utility work for major corruption issue ?

 No. The scanost.exe only repairs the OST file saved locally.

  Where one can find OST Integrity Checker ?

 Step 1: Go to drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12 and double-click Scanost.exe

 Step 2: If you have set to prompt for profile, this tool will work in the same way(you can prompted to connect ore work offline).

 Step 3: Here, you will choose option according to your requirement. You can check/ mark “Repair Errors” option if you want to resolve issue of OST file otherwise issues will be recorded but it will be not resolved.

 Step 4: Hit the Begin Scan tab to repair OST file issues.

 What to do if scanost.exe fails to repair OST file of Outlook 2007 ?

 As per your scenario, it is recommended to recreate the OST file from Exchange Server account and again synchronize the OST file with Exchange Server’s Mailboxes data(you must have the account active to access mailboxes data of Exchange Server). But what will you do if OST is orphan or you have not active account to access Exchange Server’s mailbox data. You can use third party OST Repair Tool to resolve error of OST file which is capable to resolve every type of OST inaccessibility issues. It will 100% result oriented tool to answer your query about how to repair OST file in Outlook 2007.