A. Windows 95, Outlook 98 and Outlook 2000 all ship with the 'Inbox Repair Tool' which can be used to scan and fix a corrupted .pst (post) file.
This utility is also installed with the Windows Messaging Service Setup on the Microsoft Windows 98 compact disc. You can find these programs in the folder <CD drive>:\tools\oldwin95\message\us\wms.exe.
A shortcut should be located in the Administrative branch of the programs menu but if it is missing or the shortcut does not work SCANPST.EXE should be located in:
- <NT drive>:\Program Files\Windows Messaging
- <NT drive>:\Program Files\Common Files\system\Mapi\1033\NT
If its not there try a search of the entire boot partition
C:\> <b>dir/s scanpst.exe</b>
Once located execute and you will be asked for the location of your .pst file and click start. If it finds errors it will fix them. I would advise to backup your .pst file first as sometimes it wipes out most of the content!
If you file was corrupt a folder "lost and found" will be created and you should create a new set of folders and drag items from the "lost and found" folder into their new/correct location. To create a new set of folders perform the following:
- Start Outlook with the profile that contains your Recovered Personal Folders.
- On the Tools menu, click Services.
- On the Services tab, click Add to open the "Add Service to Profile" dialog box.
- In the Available Information Services list, click to select Personal Folders, and then click OK.
- In the "Create/Open Personal Folders File" dialog box, select a directory and file name for the new Personal Folders file (*.pst), and then click Open.
- Click OK to close all dialog boxes.