After using Microsoft Outlook for a long time, your Outlook speed may start lowering and you might start receiving error messages. One such found in Outlook (if Outlook.pst is the name of your personal storage file) is,
“Outlook.pst cannot be accessed – 0×80040116.”
This error message occurs because of the corrupted index of the file. It becomes difficult for you to access Outlook files whenever, the index is damaged and also it may start slowing down the Outlook operations. The PST files are corrupted due to a number of issues like, virus attack, abrupt system shut down, software and hardware malfunctioning, unexpected power cut, and many other reasons. Once the PST file is damaged it will soon affect your data and lead to loss of your crucial emails, notes, contacts, calendar items, journals, to-do lists, etc.
There is a useful activity –‘Backup Copy of Email Data’, from which you can get back the lost PST data from the backup. There are some other ways to recover the corrupted Outlook PST files. These are given below;
Outlook repair methods to recover corrupted PST files
In such situations of corrupted PST file, Microsoft’s default Inbox Repair Tool called Scanpst.exe will solve the problem right away. However Scanpst.exe has certain disadvantages like, it can only be used to repair PST file with header corruption and is unable to solve any other issue. Even while using this Inbox Repair Tool to repair PST, you may find errors cropping up. The other recommended option is using any 3rdparty software application.
Third-Party tool to recover PST File
Seek help of any professional outlook recovery tool. These commercial tools are so designed to fulfill your requirements for recovering Outlook and all possible errors with it. To recover emails from broken PST files, which gets corrupted due to the 2 GB limitation of Outlook, you can use SysTools Outlook Recovery software. This third-party application can recover all items from a corrupt PST file including calendars, contacts, journal, emails, drafts, tasks, notes etc. After thoroughly scanning the PST file, it does the Outlook repair. A new copy of that file is created after the repair on the hard disk. Thus the above said error message can be easily solved with this software.
Avoid The Problem All Together
The problem with PST in outlook is generally with older computers. The size limit on Microsoft outlook is 2GB and when people exceed that amount, problems such as not being able to open or load files, or not being able to add new data arises. Microsoft has released several service packages that stops data from being added once the 2GB limit approaches. There are also technical support companies such as Text Support Pro that can back up your data for you on outlook settings if you need to exceed the 2GB limit, or you can just buy an new computer because all Microsoft outlooks after the year 2003 have a new PST format which doesn’t have the 2GB limit. Another way to get around this problem, which is a pain but if you need to do it, do it, is make multiple small folders and when knew data is added, add those files to the folders.