shockersh Posted August 9, 2009 Report Share Posted August 9, 2009 Here's the info on how-to corrupt a PST file: 1 - To corrupt the PST file, open it with the hex editor any will do but like MrGroove said, notepad++ is good 2 - Delete positions 7 through 13 with the spacebar. Since you're using hexadecimal numbering, this actually clears 13 characters in the following positions: 3 - 00007 00008 00009 0000a 0000b 0000c 0000d 0000e 0000f 00010 00011 00012 00013 (The editor displays the code “20” each time you clear a position with the spacebar.) 4 - After clearing those positions in the file, save it. Your PST is now corrupted. 5 - Run the Inbox Repair Tool, SCANPST.exe, to recover the file. detailed by MrGroove here: microsoft-office/recovery-deleted-mail-for-pop3-and-imap-t95681.html#p96321 On Win2K and WinNT systems, the executable is located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\NT. You can also find it on the Office 2000 CD-ROM in Drive:\Pfiles\Common\System\Mapi\1033\NT. In WinXP, the file is located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033. For additional information on the Inbox Repair Tool, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 287497. If you have Office 2007 however either use Windows Vista or Windows 7 etc... SCANPST.exe should be stored in the Office 12 folder (c:\program files\microsoft office\office12\scanpst.exe) or scanost.exe for that matter as well. 6 - After creating a backup, the Inbox Repair Tool repairs the damage and recreates the PST. Open the new PST in Outlook. The Deleted Items folder should contain all removed messages, so anything you've emptied will be restored. The KEY here is to use a BACKUP of the .PST or .BAK file you want to restore. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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