When damaged, OST files get inaccessible, corrupt or give several errors. There are OST file repair options available in all versions of MS Outlook. However, they keep changing such as, in MS Outlook 2000, 2003 Detect and Repair Tool is present. In MS Outlook 2007 version, Office Diagnostics Tool replaced Detect and Repair tool. In MS Outlook 2010 and 2013, the Repair Option is made available but it is exclusively designed to repair Outlook installation files and registry entries. One can find Repair Option at:
Start -> Windows Control Panel -> (Add/ Remove) Programs -> Microsoft Office -> Change Installation -> Repair
In order to recreate a new OST file in case of OST damage in MS Outlook 2013, follow the steps below.
- Close, Exit MS Outlook 2013
- Start – > Control Panel and double-click on Mail
You will see the current profile in dialog box of Mail Setup. If you want to choose a different profile, select Show Profiles and choose accordingly.
- Click Email Accounts inside Mail Setup Dialogue box
- Select Data Files tab, click on Exchange account and then click on Open File Location
For the Exchange Account, an explorer window opens to the location of data file. Both dialog boxes- Account Settings and Mail Setup remains open behind the file explorer window.
- Close both Mail Setup and Account Settings Dialog Box and return to file explorer window
- In the file explorer window, select Exchange data file and Right-click. Click Delete
When you re-open the OST file after closing, a new OST file is created for the account mentioned.
There is a recovery option also available along with these that can be used under OST file damage situations. However, if you fail to do so, you can always trust third party tools that are available in the market currently. Kernel for OST to PST Conversion tool is third party efficient utility that helps users to perform complete OST recovery and convert them to easily accessible PST files as and when required. Embedded with amazing set of features, the software performs complete OST recovery including emails, calendars, contacts, tasks, posts, task requests, journals, notes, appointments, meeting requests, distribution lists, etc. with accuracy from OST to PST. The recovered items are saved in PST, DBX, MSG or EML format as required. In addition, the software comes with free trial version that allows user to try the utility before buying. It is supported by almost all versions of MS Outlook and MS Exchange.To know more about this tool you can visit: http://www.osttopstconverter.recoveryfiles.org/