How to Find Scanpst.exe (Inbox Repair Tool) in Outlook to Repair PST File

This blog precise the exhaustive concept and procedure of inbox repair tool (ScanPST.exe), find it in MS Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007 etc. and repair corrupt PST file.

Inbox repair tool and scanpst.exe both is the same and inbuilt tool of Ms Outlook that automatically gets installed with installation of Ms Outlook as a client system. The key feature of Inbox Repair tool (scanpst.exe) is to diagnose the files at client system and repair them from corruption or damage. As per the name ScanPST.exe not only diagnoses the PST files but also recover OST files too. On user’s command Inbox repair tool diagnose the PST or OST file and examine the file structure in initial stage and then precedes the recovery process.

To run the inbox repair tool you have to access it from its location in Ms Outlook, location of ScanPST.exe varies in different version of Ms Outlook like:

Outlook version Scanpst.exe location in Ms outlook
97/98 C:\program files\common files\window\messaging\scanpst.exe
2000, 2002and 2003(32 bit) C:\program files\common files\system\MAPI\<locale ID>\NT\scanpst.exe


2003(64 bit) C:\program files x86\common files\system\MAPI\<locale ID>\NT\scanpst.exe


2007(32 bit) C:\program files\Microsoft office\office12
2007(64 bit) C:\program files x86\Microsoft office\office12
2013(32 bit) C:\program files\Microsoft office\office15
2013(64 bit) C:\program files x86\Microsoft office\office15
2016(32 bit) C:\program files\Microsoft office\root\office16
2016(64 bit) C:\program files x86\Microsoft office\root\office16

Process to recover corrupt PST file through Inbox Repair tool:
On command of user, Inbox Repair tool (Scanpst.exe) scans the corrupt PST or OST file first and check the file structure and repair the change or distruster file. To run scnapst.exe for PST or OST files recovery follows this procedure steps:
Step1. Take an EXIT from Ms Outlook and do one of the following:
Browse C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86) and Search scanpst.exe in search box and

Open it. Below wizard will appear on the screen


Enter the file name to recover if you remember else find it from browse tab (Browse will take a few second to search). Click Start to repair the file.

Step3.  After recovery a wizard will pop up with a summary of error and number of folder and item in file. Run the repair till you get ‘No errors were found in this file ‘message.

It creates a new personal folder’s files entry in your profile. You can access it by select the profile contained it from Ms Outlook. The folder list on left panel will show inbox, calendar, journal, contacts, deleted item, notes, outbox, sent items and tasks. These rebuilt folders are empty so search the recovered item in Lost and found Folder recovered by Scanpst.exe and create a new PST and move recovered data into it.

How does scanpst.exe work with folder?

It examines each and every folder containing PST file and:

  • Ensures that correct tables are associated with folders.
  • Check every row of table to ensure that messages and sub-folders is present in machine
  • If message or sub-folder is presents, it validates the row else wise remove the row.
  • If a mentioned validation fails then Scanpst .exe removes it from table as a corrupt validation and if it succeeded then it do further analysis of recovered message in-order to check whether the recovered message is consistent with table or not.

Conclusion and Suggestion

Blog precised all about inbox repair tool and how does it work but still if you are unable to recover corrupt PST file then try an external Voimakas Outlook PST Recovery tool for it

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