How Can I Resolve or Repair Corrupted Header In Outlook PST 2013, 2016 and 2019?

As we all know that the PST file is totally compatible file format for any version of MS Outlook. It is used to import another mailbox data in MS Outlook, saves mailbox data like emails, contacts, tasks, calendars, notes, and journals after email account configuration in MS Outlook. Sometimes it becomes inaccessible or damaged due to some reasons like –

  1. Move PST file from one machine to another
  2. Malware Attack
  3. Without proper closing MS Outlook
  4. Hardware failure

All these cases are responsible to make the Header of PST file inaccessible or corrupted. Then there is no method to open or access PST file mailbox in MS Outlook. When the PST Header gets corrupted or damaged then it shows some errors like –

  1. Outlook PST is not a personal folder file
  2. Access Denied/Outlook PST could not be accessed

To fix all these issues and make PST accessible in healthy mode, there are so many third-party software, PST repair tool, free manual method available. PST header issues can be fixed by all methods means by Manual methods and Third-party software for PST file recovery. All the methods have their significance but third-party software is more effective, time-saving and data integrity. First of all, I would like to describe Free Method to repair PST file with SCANPST.EXE tool manually.

How to repair PST file with SCANPST.EXE – Manual Method

SCANPST.EXE tool is called as INBOX Repair Tool, provided by Microsoft to repair manually minor corrupted PST files. It is an inbuilt tool at these locations for separate Outlook versions –

Outlook Version Windows Location of SCANPST.EXE
2016 32 Bit C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Root\Office16
64 Bit C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Root\Office16
2013 32 Bit C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
64 Bit C:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15
2010 32 Bit C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
64 Bit C:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14
2007 32 Bit C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12
64 Bit C:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12

To repair PST files or resolve header error in PST emails, follow the steps –

    • Find the SCANPST.EXE offline PST repair tool from the location (Mentioned above)Find the SCANPST.EXE
    • Double click on the tool and browse the PST file to repair-Browse PST
    • Click on Start Tab to begin the Header repairing process.
    • After completing the Scanning process, you will get the window with the error message. Create a backup file (If required) >> Click on Repair tab.Repair PST
    • The Process will finish automatically

The manual process to repair PST emails header has been finished and the PST file is now in healthy format. You can easily use your PST file data after importing the PST in Outlook. If you did not get the success in this process then I must say to use any PST Repair third-party software. You can search for the solution to resolve the PST files errors in Google OR anywhere.


I tried to describe the free method to repair corrupted PST file with a header and all items. If you get the positive result with this Microsoft SCANPST.EXE software then no need to buy any type of solution.

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