What to Do If Scanpst Does Not Work?

ScanPST.exe is an inbuilt tool to fix the issues in Outlook PST file during Outlook Data File corruption. But, when this inbox repair tool fails to fix PST file, you can Opt for the trusted third party application Remo PST Repair tool to fix your corrupt Outlook PST file. Get the free version now, and repair your damaged PSt file for free!!!


At times, PST file gets corrupt and becomes inaccessible due to many unforeseen reasons, after which you won’t be able to perform any task on your MS Outlook application. In such circumstances, you can make use of Inbuilt Repair tool (ScanPST.exe) to fix corrupt PST file. But, it takes a long time to repair PST file as it repeatedly checks your PST file even for minor issues.

How to Use Scanpst to Fix PST File?

  • Go to the drive which contains your application files, usually C drive
  • Next, search for Scanpst.exe in Program Files
  • When search results appear, double click on SCANPST
  • In Inbox Repair Tool window, select corrupt PST and hit Start button
  • If it shows any error, press Repair button

But, ScanPST.exe fails to repair PST file and shows error like “An unexpected error prevented access to this file. Use ScanDisk to check the disk for errors, and then try using the Inbox Repair tool again”. Some of the reasons when Scanpst tool fails to fix your PST files are listed below-

In such circumstances, you can make use of this Inbuilt Repair tool (ScanPST.exe) to fix corrupt PST file. This tool is very easy to use, even an amateur computer user can use this tool for fixing corrupt PST file. Procedure to use the application is given below:

  • When severity of corruption is high
  • Virus or malware infection to ScanPST.exe
  • MS Outlook malfunction or errors in Outlook
  • When PST file is corrupted due to oversize issue
  • Fails to repair corrupted PST file, if it is encrypted or password protected

Alternative Method to Fix PST File When Scanpst Fails to Repair-

Remo Repair utility works like a boon in this kind of situation, this reliable PST repair utility fixes Outlook PST file which scanpst.exe fails to repair. Password protected and encrypted PST file can be fixed using this tool. Also, it repairs PST file larger in size. The best thing about this application is that, the tool by default restores all deleted Outlook attributes such as emails, address books, contacts, calendar entries, attachments, notes, etc. while fixing the PST file. Furthermore, the software works on read only mode, which means that it doesn’t damage original PST file while repairing the file.

Complete Guide to repair PST file with Remo Repair Outlook:


Step 1: Download Remo Repair and install the application to your Windows desktop / laptop computer

Step 2: Run the application and the main screen displays three options

Step 3: Click on “Open PST file” option if you know the PST file location, click on “Find PST file” option to search for your PST file or Use “Select Outlook profile” option to open the PST file if you have multiple Outlook profiles

Step 4: Choose the appropriate scanning method

Step 5: Browse for the destination location and click “Repair” option

Step 6: After repair completion, the software allows you to view the repaired mails and other Outlook elements like contacts, notes, tasks, journals, etc.