Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Ensure full accessibility of OST files by converting them in PST form

When you work in MS Outlook environment connected with MS Exchange Server, the all your information get store in Outlook OST file format. Although, like any other file format, there is also a great possibility that these OST files get corrupt because of various reasons such as damage of database, breakdown of exchange server, malfunction of software or hardware, insufficient storage space, accidental deletion of Server, abrupt application or Server shutdowns, virus attacks.

These instances results crash situation in MS Exchange Server and a long duration connection disruption between Outlook Exchange servers ultimately damage OST files. Whenever such critical situation arises and corruption occurs in MS Exchange Server and you become unable to access your OST files then it is very significant to recover those file as soon as possible. Really, any such incidence could make you absolutely handicap as it may hinder your daily work assignment and email communication.

Outlook OST files are just like the replica of Server-based folders of your MS Exchange Mailbox and you would not like to take any chance of OST file corruption. As a result, the most practical way which should be followed by you in order to regain full access right to those OST files is by performing OST to PST conversion. Typically, there are two methods which can be used to perform OST to PST conversion – Manually and Professional OST to PST conversion. The manual process is not suitable as in most of the circumstances; this process takes too much time to complete the conversion process.

On the other hand, taking help of third party effective OST to PST conversion tool such as Kernel for OST to PST conversion, you become able to convert MS Outlook OST files into PST file format within few minutes. With the help of this OST to PST conversion utility, you can easily convert all email messages, folders, posts, meeting requests, journals etc in Outlook PST file format. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best email conversion tools that can help you to retrieve emails from corrupted OST files just by taking few minutes of time. The utility performs an absolute and accurate scan of the inaccessible OST file and then place all the emails along with their attachment.

Just after completing the scanning process, every email message are displayed in a tree like structure so that you can simply make sure recoverable email message and then save them at the preferred location in PST format. One of the best features of this software is its interactive and user friendly interface due to which it can be used even by novice users having no technical knowledge. Furthermore, convert OST to PST software is very easy to install on any system having any version of Windows operating system.

Friday, 24 August 2012

How to eliminate corruption issues of the OST file

OST file is the offline data file of an outlook mailbox connected with an exchange domain server. OST file is created within an exchange mail environment and it allows the outlook users of exchange server to use their accounts in offline period. Changes made by the outlook users during offline period are recorded in OST files. The changes of OST files are transferred to the Outlook PST files, when link between MS outlook and exchange mail server is re-established. 

However, many times data transfer from OST to exchange mail server fails. There may be several factors behind non-synchronization of OST with exchange domain network such as:
  • Error in networking drive: Changes in OST file fail to synchronize with exchange mail server, due to problem in network drive. The problem may arise due to broken LAN or WAN cables and damaged Ethernet ports of window system.
  • Corrupt Storage Media: OST files are stored locally in different client computers of exchange server. When hard disk of a client computer are physically damaged or have multiple bad sectors, all files including OST file stored in it also become corrupt.
  • Unexpected System shutdown: OST file becomes inaccessible due to accidental shutdown of the computer system. The window program may be forced to shut down due to poor backup by UPS system, power cut or hardware problem.
  • Virus and spyware codes: Malicious programs can enter in the exchange domain server from external sources like pen drive and floppy drive. These programs block the OST files for use.
Outlook users cannot open their personal mailboxes due to OST file corruption. It is very important to know the exact cause of OST file corruption before troubleshooting the issue. If OST file is damaged due to certain virus code, you should run an effective antivirus program on the corrupt file. This will clean your OST file from infection. 

Microsoft has added free email recovery tool scanpst.exe in outlook program. You can find the scanpst.exe utility in MS office folder of your computer drive. Scanpst.exe can repairs both PST file and OST file of MS outlook. The software successfully fixes minor corruption issues of PST files such as oversized PST file and CRC errors.

However, scanpst.exe is not capable of restoring a batch of OST files. You must run a third party OST to PST tool to retrieve emails of inaccessible outlook mailboxes. OST file conversion software successfully fixes both minor and severe corruption issues of OST files. The software is capable of retrieving all emails and attachments from the damaged OST file. OST file conversion utility sends the retrieve emails of corrupt outlook mailbox in a new PST, MSG, EML or DBX file.

Kernel for OST to PST file conversion supports recovery of both UNICODE and ANSI emails from the inaccessible OST files of exchange server. It supports different versions of exchange mail server, MS outlook and outlook express. OST file conversion utility can successfully run on Window versions 98, 2000, XP, 2003, 7 and Vista. Before, buying an email recovery program, I advice the users to evaluate the software.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Ways to resolve corruption issues of exchange OST files

MS outlook is a popular text messaging tool used for sending and receiving text messages or emails. It has several user friendly features like large mailbox size, import export management, fast delivery of emails, multiple file attachment supports, contacts and many more. You can link MS outlook with POP3/IMAP email server such as MS exchange. One can also connect his outlook mailbox directly with internet. MS exchange server provides interface to all outlook users of a domain network. Email records of the outlook user account are stored in two files i.e., OST and PST files. OST or offline storage table is a temporary file that stores all emails of single outlook user account. When internet services in outlook mailbox is interrupted or lost, all emails of that account is saved in an offline file or OST file. When MS outlook is reconnected with internet, all mail communication of the outlook user during offline period is transferred from OST to PST file.

However, many factors prevent OST files to send emails in outlook PST files. These factors are:

  • Intrusion of virus and spyware code through exchange server
  • slow internet connection
  • Hard disk error
  • Fault in networking cable
  • Crash of exchange server

OST file may be damaged due to any of the above mentioned reasons. When OST files of exchange server become corrupt, all outlook mailboxes stored in these files also become corrupt. In that situation, users shall not be able to use their outlook account. You shall get different error messages while trying to open your outlook mailbox from the corrupt OST file:

  • Cannot open your default email folders. The file xxxx.ost is not an offline folder file
  • The file OST_File_Path\outlook.ost is already in use by the maximum number of applications
  • Unable to expand the folder. The set of folders could not be opened
  • OST file cannot open Outlook

MS outlook program is equipped with inbuilt recovery tool scanpst.exe to repair both PST and OST files. Scanpst.exe is saved in different location of user system. You can find the tool either from the search box of window start menu or through manual search. The inbuilt OST file recovery tool of Outlook will retrieves emails and email folders of outlook mailbox from the corrupt OST file. All retrieved items are saved by the scanpst in new OST file. However, scanpst.exe fails to retrieves emails in its exact form from the corrupt OST files. Earlier versions of the MS outlook restrict the OST and PST file size up to 2 GB only. The OST file recovery tool of MS outlook also fails to repair the oversized OST files. Scanpst.exe is suitable for minor corruption issue of OST and PST file. It cannot be used to fix the corruption of large or several outlook mailboxes.

Another way of OST file recovery is making backup of OST files before corruption using Window backup archive creator or any third party convert OST to PST software. You shall be able to retrieve outlook mailbox items from the backup copy in case loss of original files.

If you don’t have backups of OST files or OST files are severely damaged, then use proficient third party email recovery software. The third party OST to PST utility retrieves emails from the corrupt OST file and saves in PST file.
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