Feb 20, 2017

What to do When PST file size become 0 Byte?

Summary: This tutorial guide deals with the recovery of a PST file, when it gets corrupted and showing size of the PST as 0 Byte. To resolve this I have discussed the various methods.

Millions of people across the world uses Microsoft Outlook for their email management. So most of us are also familiar with the PST (Personal Storage Table). As it is used by Outlook to store all its mailbox statistics like Emails, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, and Notes etc. PST File easily prone to error. Sometimes due to some error, the size of the PST file become 0 Byte that is because PST file become inaccessible.

For the help of users I have elaborated numerous solutions by which they can restore their Outlook Data file (PST).

Recover PST file from Backup
This solution will be helpful if you have regularly created backup of Outlook PST file. In order to use the backups you have to create a new Outlook PST file and then you can import the data. Otherwise, you can also use the backup file as default PST.

Follow the below steps to recover PST file Backup:

Step 1: Open MS Outlook on your system and create a new PST file. Go to Home>>New Items>>More Items>>Outlook Data File

Step 2: Type the desired name of the file and click OK

Step 3: After that go to File >>Open & Export >>Import and Export

Step 4: Now Select the option “Import from another program or file” from the Import and Export Wizard as shows in below fig:

Step 5: A new Wizard appear, select the Outlook data file (.pst) option and click on Next Button

Step 6: Now click on the Browse button and select the backup file which you want to export and make sure to check the other option regarding Duplicate. Here I have selected Replace Duplicates with items imported.

Step 7: To save data from backup PST select the destination folder and then click on the Next Button.

Step 8: In the last, click on the Finish Button

Method 2: Recover from Auto - Archived PST file

This is the another method apart from the Manual method, this will work if you have enabled Outlook Auto- Archive Option. Follow the below steps to find the Auto-Archived PST file:

Step 1: Open Outlook on your Windows Machine and then go to File>>Option>>Advanced

Step 2: In the Auto-Archive option click on the Auto-Archive Setting.

Step 3: Click on the browse button (A new popup dialog box appear) to select the destination folder in order to move the old items and then click OK.

Method 3: Restore from Previous Version in Windows

Just in case if you don’t have any choice for manual backup or Auto-Archive Outlook PST file then you can go for this method that is ‘Previous Version Feature’ in Windows. Follow the below steps:

Step 1: Find the folder where your PST file is located

Step 2: Now Click Right on the folder and then select the option Restore from Previous Version

Step 3: A new popup window appears where you will see multiple previous version. Select the version which you want to recover and then save it to the location where you want.

That’s it. This is simple.

Recover your 0 Byte PST file using Inbox Repair Tool (ScanPST.exe)

In case the above methods are not working for you then you can give a try to free inbuilt utility of MS Outlook “ScanPST.exe”. It will first scan your PST file and in case any error found then it starts the repair process. Let’s have a look how can you use ScanPST.exe;

1.     First of all, quit Outlook and then open Inbox Repair Tool
2.    Type ScanPSt.exe in the search box and then Double click to open it
3.    Select the PST file which needs to be repair by clicking on the Browse button
4.    And then click on the Start button to start the scan process
5.    If there will be any error found it tell to do the repair, so click on the Repair Button and once the process gets complete cross check your PST file that error is resolved or not.

In this tutorial we have discussed the various techniques to resolve the error of 0 Byte PST file. If there will be some minor error then it will get resolved by using ScanPST.exe. But if ScanPST.exe fails to work then you should go for the authorized Third Party tool like Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair.


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