Resolving Standard Outlook OST File Errors

Though offline folder files or OST files in Outlook allow a user to continue working even while offline, any damage or corruption to these files could result in inaccessibility of important mails and other items. The only way to guarantee that the OST file in Outlook remains in a healthy state is by ensuring that all the items stored in the file are in good health. One way to do this is to make use of the built-in repair tool that is usually available when you go to the Tools menu and click on the Repair Outlook button. This tool has the ability to carry out an overall scan of the OST file to detect any problems that it may have. However, if you would like to proceed with the repair process to fix any Outlook errors, you can also make use of the Advanced Outlook Repair tool that will let you carry out the same procedure without having to go through the process of repairing the file.

The process of repairing the OST file is almost the same. However, when you use the Advanced Outlook repair tool, you have an added advantage of using this tool that enables you to repair not just the OST file but also the PST file. This way, you can easily recover all the PST files that you may have in the file.

Let us start the process of repairing the PST file using the Advanced Outlook repair tool by following the steps mentioned below:

A. First, you need to download the Advanced Outlook Repair sheet and CSS from the Internet, following theInstructions.

1. After downloading the tool, open the sheet and click on the menu on the top left hand side. Under the heading ‘File’, click on ‘Open’;

2. Next, select the ‘Mailbox’ which the user would like to repair. For example: sends, CC, deletions, etc.

3. Choose the ‘Mailbox’ which the user wants to repair and click on the ‘Advanced’ button;

4. Under the ‘OutlookProductID’ column, provide the unique numbers for Outlook which are defined in the manual.

5. Go to the ‘AutoIndex’ tab and can see the unique numbers which are defined in the Outlook manual.

6. Scrutin the ‘langauge’ tab and select the locale where you want to have the repairs done. For example: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.

7. Ressontin the ‘autocorrect’ tab and click on the ‘AutoCorrect’ button to define the Replace and New entries.

8. Following on from here, go to the ‘Replace’ tab where you can see the settings for the new and replaces entries. Change the values for the different entries from default.

9. Go to the ‘File’ tab which will show the default location of the damaged file, in this case it is ‘C:\Documents and Settings\ username\Local Settings\Temp’. However, you can just specify the location like ‘C:\My Documents\My documents\My Data\Outlook.essk’ which will reflect the location of the file.

10. Right click on the ‘Outlook’ folder, and select the ‘Properties’ option.

11. Click on the ‘Include inheritable permissions from:’ button to include inheritable permissions from the master page.

12. Ensure that the ‘Include inheritable permissions from:’ button is not grayed out.

13. Click on the ‘Fixate’ button to fix the damage in the OST file.

14. At the ‘Autoimize’ tab, click on the ‘Keep anumbnail image before closing’ button to make sure that the file will be auto saved when Outlook is closed.

15. At the ‘Advanced’ tab, click on the ‘Use a different name or hide the file’, and then click on ‘OK’ to make the file inaccessible.

An OST file that is set to required mode will require all the password information to appear in the pane on the right side of the screen, meaning that you would not be able to access the file as such a high level view. You can avoid this by unchecking the required mode check box.

When the file is unusable due to corruption, you can recover Exchange data from the OST file. It is possible to scan and repair the file. This can be done using the Exchange Recovery Wizard. Though this can be used only for OST files, the Wizard can identify Outlook fragments and create a working PST file from them.


– It is good to save a copy of the file you create on your disk as a text file in an editable document such as Wordrix.