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How to recover from data corruption in Microsoft® Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is the most widely used e-mail client. It is a product from Microsoft and thus it is used the most on Microsoft networks and Microsoft operating systems. Microsoft Outlook is quite an old application which has gone through a series of enhancements in each of its new versions and still it is continuing to provide more and more to its users. Microsoft Outlook allows users to configure their e-mails accounts locally for downloading and sending e-mails. One can easily configure POP, IMAP, HTTP, and Exchange e-mail accounts. Since Microsoft Outlook supports Exchange so it is the first choice as an e-mail client.

Microsoft Outlook stores all its data in a file called as a PST file. This file contains all the mails, contacts, calendar entries and everything that you save in your Outlook thus the size of this PST file grows immensely during the course of its usage. All versions released before Outlook 2007 had a size limit to the PST files, but in version 2007 and later there is virtually no size limit. In older versions the irony was that Outlook never informed or stopped the user when file size grew beyond the specified limit of 2GB. Outlook works well even if the file size increases, but chances for this huge PST file to go corrupt are immense. Thus it is always recommended that you regularly check the size of the PST file and create a new one if the size of the default file goes beyond 2GB. But what if the file actually gets corrupt due to any reason? What happens to the data, mails, and contacts stored in it? Well the answer to these questions is that there are some chances for you to easily recover data from a corrupted file by fixing the errors. In this post I will discuss the method to fix a corrupted PST file using its own repair utility known as ScanPST.

Before we continue to the steps let me state that the ScanPST file is available only on those systems which have Microsoft Outlook installed on them. This file is located in default Microsoft Office folders and if you face any difficulty in finding the file then please search for scanpst.exe on your hard drive.

Step 1: Find and execute the ScanPST file.

Step 2: When the utility starts you need to click on ‘Browse’ and browse to the corrupted PST file. Please note that will be good if you create a copy of your original PST file and then run the repair to avoid any further issues of data loss.

Step 3: Once you have selected the PST file click on ‘Start’ button in the window to start the scan process process.

Step 4: Once the scan is done you can start with the repair process. This process happens in several phases and takes a long time depending upon the corruption and file size so please be patient while it runs.

Now Check Facebook on Outlook

Microsoft Outlook has now updated its Social Connector plug-in. This activity has been undertaken to allow its users to capture photographs and access the wall posts within their e-mail account. Facebook will be available on Outlook 2010, 2007 and 2003 versions. Social connector will also be able to connect Facebook profiles with contacts stored in Outlook.

Microsoft Wants to be Well linked in Social Arena

This is not the first time Microsoft has upgraded its Social Connector, looking at the market trends. Earlier this year, the company linked MySpace and LinkedIn to its Connector. In June this year Microsoft launched the Twinbox plug-in that allows viewing of Twitter posts in Outlook, itself.

Any updates from these social networks can appear in Outlook’s inbox. Microsoft has recently launched Social Connector version 1.1. By using this version the users will receive real time updates in the “People’s Pane” inside the Outlook.

Social networks are believed to be helpful to businesses in getting freely accessible information about their consumers, partners and peers. But if this information is not managed properly it can also act as a major information technology risk to any organization.

The Rationale Behind this Up Gradation

The number of users using online social networking websites is growing rapidly. Even large corporate have witnessed their employees using these sites from their office computers. It is believed that of all the internet users worldwide, approximately 67% visit social networking sites and blogs. Another study concluded that 56 percent employees in corporate used unsupported applications. Of these, 68 percent were accessing social networking sites.

Considering these figures Yahoo has already integrated Facebook updates into its mail account. Now its Microsoft’s turn to cater to needs of such users. This act will enable its e-mail users to utilize a complete communication hub right on their desktop. To achieve this goal the company has decided to integrate these sites on its Outlook Connector itself.

It’s a One Way Stream

Social Connector will allow Facebook’s contact information in Outlook but will not allow users to post the similar contact information on the social networking site. The users can rest assured in matters concerning their privacy. Social Connector will be as secure as these social networks.

With this activity Microsoft is willing to connect existing social networks instead of following its peer Google. It is rumored that Google will soon launch its own social networking site called “Buzz”.

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