OST (Offline Storage Table) files are Outlook Data Files which store mailbox data of Microsoft Outlook. Their basic functionality is to provide access to Outlook emails and other mailbox items during unavailability of internet. In simple words, OST files allow you to send/receive emails and other information during offline mode. You can still work with MS Outlook if it’s not connected to the Exchange Server. That’s why OST files are also called Offline folder files.
OST files get corrupted due to a lot of reasons. Virus intrusions, Exchange Server failure, hard disk failures, abrupt Outlook termination, synchronization issue between MS Outlook and Exchange Server, poor internet connectivity, sudden power failure or system shutdown etc. are some of the major reasons that can cause OST corruption. During OST corruption, you cannot access Outlook emails and other mailbox items. You need to repair corrupt OST files to restore Outlook communication.
First, you can try fixing OST corruption manually. Microsoft provides free Inbox Repair Tool (Scanost.exe) to resolve OST corruption problems. But, before you run this tool, you need to check a few things like:
If the error still persists, use Scanost.exe utility. However, the utility has its own limitations. It can repair OST files with minor corruptions only. Using Scanost.exe involves numerous steps and it can lead to data loss as well. Data recovery experts do not really recommend the use of Inbox Repair Tool because of same sort of reasons.
However, if you still want to give it a shot, here is the default location of the tool - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE (version of Outlook).
If you’re looking for a reliable and convenient option, then using a professional third-party tool is the best option. Kernel Data Recovery offers the best tool for this purpose - Kernel for OST to PST. It easily makes corrupt OST files accessible by repairing and converting them to Outlook PST format. It’s easy to operate and cost-effective.
Kernel for OST to PST is a rarely advanced tool with extraordinary data recovery features. The tool deals with all kinds of OST corruption issues effectively. It easily repairs and converts corrupt OST files to PST format in almost no time. Apart from PST, the tool provides multiple saving options such as:
Apart from saving options, the tool offers some other interesting features as well. Let’s have a look at them:
A free demo version of the tool is also available. It gives an idea about the software’s functionality. Simply download it and start using it. However, to save repaired OST files at desired location, you need to purchase the software.
The tool has been applauded by clients across the globe for its extraordinary features, cost-effectiveness and easy interface. Let’s see what clients say about the tool.
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