If you’re seeking a solution to repair PST files, I don’t think you need any information about What PST file is and what’s the purpose of PST file. 

Many instances can make a PST file corrupt such as sudden shutdown of Outlook, Sudden Power loss, PST files getting oversized, software and hardware-related issues in the system, etcetera. 

If you used Outlook in your daily life or professional communication, your PST files must store crucial and priceless data. And if it gets inaccessible, it can be the worst nightmare for you. You may know that ScanPST.exe is an inbuilt utility of Outlook that allows repairing PST files with minor corruption.  

Repair PST files for free in easy steps

  1. First of all, locate the ScanPST.exe in your system. 
  • Outlook 2016: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16
  • Outlook2013: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
  • Outlook 2010: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
  • Outlook 2007: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12
  1. Then launch the ScanPST.exe tool.
  2. Now Browse the PST file and click on the Start button.
  3. The Scanpst.exe will start the scanning process. It will take few minutes depends on the corruption level and size of the PST file.
  4. Once the scanning process gets completed, click on the Repair button. 
  5. At last, the dialog will pop up showing the Repair complete message. Click the Ok button.

It is the process for repair PST files manually and without spending a penny. But there are a few limitations of this inbuilt PST repair tool due to which professionals prefer a third-party tool over the manual method. 

Pros and cons of the free PST repair method


  • ScanPST.exe comes for free.
  • Anyone can use this, even non-technocrats.


  • It is a lengthy and time-consuming process.
  • Users cannot repair multiple PST files in a single go. Hence have to repeat the same process for each PST.
  • No guarantee of maintaining data integrity and folder hierarchy. 
  • Users may lose their data permanently.
  • It only allows repairing PST files which is up to 2 GB.  

What are the other options for PST repair?

As I have mentioned above, due to the limitations of the ScanPST.exe, professionals go with the Professional third-party PST tool.

There are many organizations and vendors on the internet providing solution to repair corrupted PST files. Due to the plenty of providers, users have to be careful while choosing a solution for PST repair; only a few are masters.  

One that is recommended and evaluated by many Microsoft MVPs and MNCs is the Shoviv PST repair tool. Its satisfied users praise the software’s assistance and hold it in high regard.

It is a desktop-based solution to repair corrupted PST files without any hassle and restrictions on the file size and numbers. The software makes the PST repair task as easy as a cakewalk. 

Repair PST files in easy steps

  • Firstly, install and open the software. 
  • Then, click on the Add PST files option.

Now add PST files, and click on the Ok button. (Check the Advance Scan option for severely damaged PST files)

Now the software will repair the PST file and also recovers deleted PST items. Once done, click on the Outlook PST option from the ribbon bar. 

The following wizard will appear, here check/uncheck subfolders, and hit the Next button. 

Now, the target wizard will appear, select the location to save the resultant PST file, and click the Next. (One can also split the resultant PST files and protect them with a password). 

Now the filter wizard opens, exclude unwanted PST items on the message class and date range basis. 

You can also use the Folder mapping and email translation option by clicking on the Advance option. Once done with the advance option, click Ok and then click on the Next

Now the software will start exporting PST items and displays a live log report. Here you can track the process. 

It is the process for repair PST files using the Shoviv PST repair tool. Below are some of its features due to which professional and Microsoft MVPs suggest this tool to others. 

4 Important features to prefer Shoviv PST repair tool

Resume the interrupted process

Many instances such as software sudden termination, sudden power loss, Internwt connection interruption can interrupt the process. And when users restart the process, it consumes extra time. But in the Shoviv PST repair tool, users can resume the interrupted process from the last interruption point. 

Flexibility of Target

Along with the PST repairing, the software allows exporting PST files into Office 365 and Live Exchange mailboxes. Users can also export PST items into popular file formats such as HTML, EML, MSG, RTF, vCal, vCard, and EML. So if for any reason users want to export their PST file into Office 365 and Live Exchange, they can do it with the same software.

Data Hierarchy and Integrity

Shoviv Outlook PST Recovery (PST Repair) tool is designed for professionals, and it does its works professionally. During the recovery and export, the software keeps the data integrity and folder hierarchy intact. Besides this, the software eliminates the data loss risk.

Save time and effort

We all know, users can have multiple PST files, and sometimes count goes up to 200 files. Users with many PSTs do not need to worry, as the Shoviv PST repair tool allows users to add and repair multiple PST files in a single go. The software has no bar on adding PST file size and number. 

These are the highlighted features of the Shoviv PST repair. Along with these features, there are many other comes in handy features in this software. You can evaluate the software and its features without spending a penny using the evaluation version that works the same as the full version. The evaluation version allows the export of the first 50 items per folder


If your PST files get inaccessible, then use the Scanpst.exe first. But If Scanpst.exe gets failed to repair PST file or you want to recover deleted items of PST files, then the Shoviv PST repair tool can become a perfect and effortless solution for you, must give it a try.