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Outlook - Inbox Repair Tool - Always Finding Errors - Is This A Bigger Issue? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I regularly run Microsoft's Inbox Repair Tool (scanpst.exe) against my PST file(s).

    It always seems to find and fix errors.  I ran it today (about two months since the last run), and I have attached the log file for reference.

    I have been doing this for years, and I never seem to have any actual problems with Outlook or my PST file - its just a scheduled task and preventative maintenance.

    I also note that, if I run the scan against the same PST file twice, it often finds errors the second run (and even subsequent runs).  I therefore, keep running it until it says it found no errors.

    My question is:  Does everyone find and fix these (presumably minor) errors all the time when running scanpst.exe, or is it just me?  Is it indicative of something significantly wrong somewhere, or just part of life, run it, fix the errors, and move on.

    I have over the years periodically created a brand new PST file, copied everything over, and kept the old one as a backup.  I probably did this last when I went from Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2007 around two or three years ago, so its not like this is a single PST file that got corrupted years ago and has never 'recovered' fully from that.  Also, I get it on all my PST files.

    Just to be clear, I always backup my PST file before running the tool (it also asks if you want to backup before repairing, but I do my own backup prior anyway), and I have never had any obvious issues being caused by errors in the file, so this is just a matter of curiosity really.

    I have various machines with various versions of windows including:

    WinXPPro SP3 - Outlook 2007
    Win7Ultimate - Outlook 2010

    The PST files vary in size up to about 1.5GB but even the smaller ones (100MB or less) seem to get errors that are fixed.

    I seem to get the same issue on both of those, and if I recall correctly, I have had this going way back (probably to Win2K - Outlook 2000 and possibly Win98SE - Outlook 97 even).  No particular reason why I decided to ask this now, but things are quiet and I decided to see what others find!

    Thanks
    Friday, August 28, 2015 7:39 AM

Answers

  • Put a backup plan in place to backup your PST and or Outlook

    Outlook Repair Toolbox is Microsoft Outlook file repair software that allows you to fix these errors.

    https://www.outlookrepairtoolbox.com/

    Alternatively you could just use Microsoft PST Backup Tool

    Once you have a backup plan in place, you can relax on worring about regular maintenece.

    Then should anything happen, you can quickly and easily roll back to the most recent backup with minimal loss


    • Marked as answer by KennethHubb Saturday, August 29, 2015 1:38 PM
    Saturday, August 29, 2015 1:18 PM

All replies

  • Hello Kenneth,

    The forum is for developers. I'd suggest asking non-programming questions on the Outlook IT Pro Discussions or Microsoft community forums where you may find out existing similar forum threads.

    Friday, August 28, 2015 8:28 AM
  • I agree with Eugene as your question is not related to Outlook development.

    Anyway, I can share some of my experiences with you regarding scanpst. It seems that sometimes scanpst will report errors on healthy PST files. I believe that is a bug of the program.

    Can you share the detailed repair log of the scanpst so that I can check it in depth?

    If you are not sure about whether your PST file is 100% health, then just create a complete new blank PST file and copy all the contents from your old PST file to the new blank one. If the copy is OK, then the new one will be 100% healthy.

    Saturday, August 29, 2015 6:15 AM
  • Put a backup plan in place to backup your PST and or Outlook

    Outlook Repair Toolbox is Microsoft Outlook file repair software that allows you to fix these errors.

    https://www.outlookrepairtoolbox.com/

    Alternatively you could just use Microsoft PST Backup Tool

    Once you have a backup plan in place, you can relax on worring about regular maintenece.

    Then should anything happen, you can quickly and easily roll back to the most recent backup with minimal loss


    • Marked as answer by KennethHubb Saturday, August 29, 2015 1:38 PM
    Saturday, August 29, 2015 1:18 PM