Troubleshoot “Outlook.PST file could not be found” error in simple steps

Emails and email folders of MS Outlook are stored in the computer disk in PST file format. A single PST file can hold Outlook information up to specific size. When PST file crosses the permissible storage limit, it becomes corrupt and generates error message.

Corrupt PST file show various error messages on the computer screen. One most frequently encountered PST error is:

The file C:\Documents and Settings\piyuss\Local settings\Application data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.PST could not be found

Causes: There may be two principal causes of the aforesaid error i.e., Either Outlook.PST file is damaged or cannot be accessed due to the fault in the networking drive.

In the second case, you must contact your IT administrator to fix PST error.

In the first case, you must identify the true cause of PST corruption. If Outlook.PST file has been damaged due to size restriction, you must compress the file using following steps:

  • Right click on oversized Outlook.PST file
  • In the file Windows, click on “Advanced” Tab
  • Check the “Compress contents to save disk space” check box and click “ok”
  • Press “Apply” and then “ok” to save the changes

If a PST file shows error message as shown above even after compressing the file, then use inbox repair tool of MS Outlook. You can find inbox repair tool or scanpst.exe program in the local Office folder of your default Windows drive. Inbox repair tool also creates a backup of the selected PST file during recovering process. It mainly fix CRC errors of PST file such as invalid or missing page, broken file header and blank space.

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If Outlook backup is available then recover corrupt PST file using following steps:
  • Delete or move the corrupt PST file
  • Create a new PST file with same or another file name
  • Start MS Outlook
  • In the File menu, Click on “Import and Export” wizard
  • Choose “Import from another program or file” and press “Next”
  • Click “Outlook data file (.pst)” and press “Next”
  • Press “Browse” button to select the backup file and click “Next”
  • At last press “Finish” button to complete the process

You also need to move the copied email folders and data into the new PST file before closing your Outlook account. If you’re unable to fix Outlook PST corruption manually then use a professional email recovery software.

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