Outlook OST file?

OST or offline storage table (.ost) file is an offline Outlook data file stored on local user. It is created in collaboration with Microsoft Exchange Server that enables users to work with their messages and mail data even when accessing mail server isn't possible. In offline mode, when you try to send or receive email through your MS Outlook then it asks you to create OST file because MS Outlook cannot send/receive your message as Exchange server is not connected. In this mode, your all worked data gets stored in OST file at specific location. Next time, when Exchange server connection with MS Outlook get established properly, your offline or OST file data get synchronized with Exchange server database. In fact, OST file is just a replica of Exchange server user mailbox.

 

 

OST file plays very important role in case of accidental data deletion from Exchange server or MS Outlook as they save your important data that can be restored. There are many unfavorable situations that affect integrity and consistency of OST file and make them inaccessible. Virus/spyware attack, storage media corruption, accidental mailbox deletion, sudden system shut down, hardware/software malfunctioning, corruption of OST file due to any reason are few common situations that leads inaccessibility of OST file data. It cannot be ignored because it can cause a severe data disaster situation and loss of data forever.

OST file plays very important role in case of accidental data deletion from Exchange server or MS Outlook as they save your important data that can be restored. There are many unfavorable situations that affect integrity and consistency of OST file and make them inaccessible. Virus/spyware attack, storage media corruption, accidental mailbox deletion, sudden system shut down, hardware/software malfunctioning, corruption of OST file due to any reason are few common situations that leads inaccessibility of OST file data. It cannot be ignored because it can cause a severe data disaster situation and loss of data forever.

Recommended Solutions to fix OST file issues and get them back

The first step that must be followed in case of OST file corruption is creating a backup copy of OST file if it’s possible. There are two manual methods that can be useful for you for recovering OST file data.

Export email data to PST Format: Outlook has an inbuilt feature “Export” which is very effective and useful features for users who are looking to migrate their data from one platform to another. But, it is not considered as the best way to Convert OST to PST. This feature helps you to convert OST file into PST format as well as CSV and Excel but it doesn’t guarantee for complete and accurate migration.

Move mailbox items to a new PST file: This feature assists you to move mailbox item of an OST file to PST format. For this, you need to create a new PST file in your Outlook then drag needed mailbox folders of OST file to import them in PST file one be one. But, this method cannot be applied for migrating default folders of OST file like Inbox, Contacts, and Calendar etc.

Optionally, you can try OST integrity check tool (Scanost.exe) which is free utility offered by Microsoft. It can be used to diagnose and repair OST synchronization issues related to its integrity and consistency. The tool scans both your .ost file and your mailbox on the server running Exchange, compares the items and folders in each, and attempts to resolve synchronization differences between them.

This utility checks and fixes only minor OST file issues but it is not much capable to fix all severe issues. In such situations you should look for a professional and advanced OST recovery tool that can repair and recover all OST file successfully. In this field, RecoveryFix for OST is a popular tool. It is much capable to resolve all OST file errors that resulted due to any possible reason.

Key Features of RecoveryFix for OST

  • Recovers email messages, complete attachments, appointments, contacts, journals and notes from inaccessible Outlook OST to PST format.
  • Allows you to save recovered email messages to save in in HTML, RTF and Plain Text format.
  • Embedded with two OST recovery modes: standard mode and advance mode.
  • Recovered OST data can be saved in PST, EML and MSG format.
  • Converts OST to PST without requiring original Outlook profile.
  • Fully supports OST files made with all versions of MS Outlook and Exchange Server.
  • Allows saving email items quickly just by choosing a date from a date range.
  • Available with free trial version to evaluate its features before purchasing full version.

 

 

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How To Fix "File Access is Denied" Error From Outlook Koler Jamesh . 8th Aug 2016 . 1 Reply

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