PST file restoration without losing emails
- July 7, 2010
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One of the most innovative features of Microsoft Outlook at its inception was the use of a special database type file to store both e-mail messages and customizations. This same system would now be considered quite simplistic when compared to a mySQL database however the basic premise of the Outlook file known as a PST remains viable. Unfortunately the drawback to many versions of Microsoft Outlook using the PST file is the size limitation of that database. It was set at the 2 GB capacity. And upon being overloaded the inbox would become corrupted and cease to receive messages. There are, as a consequence many good programs for PST repair made available. Microsoft offers one as part of Outlook support.
However the Microsoft Outlook PST repair tool is extremely flawed in that it tends to quickly crop down the size of the PST file to the 2 GB limit. This results in a certain percentage of files being permanently deleted. As with any file loss scenario it is always wise is to use an Outlook backup program so that your messages are available for instant recovery. But barring the good fortune of having recently backed up your Outlook PST file just prior to a system crash you will need a program designed to repair a 2GB PST file.