Procedures for data recovery slightly varies with regard to Outlook 2000 with internet mail only option. However the conceptual approach to the whole process is same with all the versions of Outlook 2000 e-mail client. As extra configuration that’s unique to data recovery in Outlook 2000 internet mail only option, the newly created PST file folders during recovery has to be mapped as the location for POP mail delivery after recovering the data.

Functions of Inbox Repair Tool

The Microsoft designed inbox repair tool which is accompanied with the Office 2000 CD, usually is installed automatically along with Outlook 2000. However the utility is a hidden EXE file, a reason why the average users are not aware of its existence. This tool is called upon its EXE file name which is Scanpst, which describes the purpose of the utility in a nutshell, just within the name.

The inbox repair tool is utilized to analyze the directory structure of the personal folder files, which are also called as PST files because they are of .pst extensions. PST files are used by Outlook to store various data such as e-mail messages, contacts, calendar, notes, journals, appointments, and others. Even when Outlook uses other file types for saving data such as offline files which are of .ost extension, the same recovery procedures apply to .ost files too.

Finding the problems and repairing whatever it can is another important function of the inbox repair tool. Unfortunately its impossible to determine which problems are likely to be recovered by the inbox repair utility. But any serious data loss problem is likely to be beyond the scope of this particular utility, because this is designed to handle only basic level issues that are commonly experienced with Outlook 2000 and other versions.

The tool is designed to scan for any and every file that has a .pst extension. For example if an executable file has been renamed to a .pst, the utility tries to convert the file and changes it to a mountable PST file. This no doubt displays the strength of the utility with regard Outlook storage file types.

Outlook 2000 with Internet Mail Only option

As the option or the Outlook installation type suggests, the Outlook ‘2000 internet mail only option’ differs with respect to minor configurational and usage changes only. Other than that the Outlook 2000 and Outlook 2000 IMO are almost identical.

The recovery procedure too differs in a smaller scale according to the Microsoft support site, but importantly noted a difference in the process exists nevertheless. As per the general usage of Scanpst the concept and the plan of action remains the same across not only all variations of Outlook 2000, but also all versions of Outlook. In any case a back up of PST folders has to be saved when its prompted at the execution of the inbox repair utility. Because a copy of a PST back up which is of .bak file extension, can be utilized in recovering the files which Scanpst may fail to recover.