How to Recover Email Data from Encrypted PST File? – Solved

Written By Kumar Raj
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Published On April 22nd, 2024
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In today’s scenario, everyone is bothered about securing their data over the internet. From email clients to social media sites, everywhere we come across the term data encryption and data protection. Here in this blog, we will focus on Microsoft Outlook PST file encryption and the ways to recover data from encrypted PST file.

MS Outlook is the most widely used desktop based email client application for business as well as personal purpose. More than from an email communication application, it acts as a personal manager which can organize and schedule your data in an efficient way. The MS Outlook stores data in PST (personal storage table) file, which includes mailbox data items like emails, contacts, calendars, tasks, notes, journals, to-do list, schedules etc. This Outlook PST file acts as a data repository, which stores your personal information locally on the client machine.

Why Users Need Encryption  Protection on PST Files?

Are you eager to know how to recover data from encrypted PST files? But before going further on retrieving emails from encrypted PST file, you should have a clear cut idea about what is encrypted PST file. As we have already said, PST file is locally stored database on the client system. It can be independently accessed without having a connection to the server. But sometimes, these PST files might have crucial information regarding personal or business. Here comes the importance or need for protection of PST files from unauthorized access. And Microsoft Outlook provides an option to encrypt PST files using password in-order to safeguard data from illegitimate access and improper data correction or editing.

How to Recover Data from Encrypted PST File?

Protected PST file using password is salutary as long as, user remembers the password (it can also be called as encryption code). The situation becomes worst when you forget or lost this encryption code or the password. This may result in failure of accessing protected or encrypted PST file in your system. Accessing your crucial information, which is safely stored in Outlook PST data file will become inaccessible and lost.

In such situations, the only solution is to recover data from encrypted PST file and store them in normal PST file. Microsoft provides a free inbuilt utility called Inbox Repair tool to resolve Outlook PST file issues. It can fix a minimal level of corruption issues in a personal storage file. But it fails so badly in the case of encrypted PST files. It cannot repair and recover emails from encrypted PST files. That is, you cannot retrieve emails from password protected PST file mailbox if you don’t know the password or encryption code of your PST file.

Retrieve Data from Encrypted PST file Without Password

The perfect solution!!

A professional solution or an Expert service is necessary to recover emails from encrypted PST files or logically corrupted PST data file. SysTools provides an efficient PST Repair Tool to access your data stored in encrypted PST file even without encryption code.

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More than retrieving mailbox data from encrypted PST files, the Outlook Recovery software provides many other essential features for MS Outlook users. It can resolve PST file issues efficiently. Now, explore the procedure to recover data from encrypted PST file. The process is simple and user-friendly. Follow the steps as discussed below.

  1. Download Software from above button and install it in a Windows OS system.
  2. Select or search PST file from Add PST option. You can add multiple encrypted or password-protected PST files at a time and press Add button.

Note: The Add File window provides many options for users:

    1. Remove encryption: To decrypt SMIME or OpenPGP encrypted email messages in a PST file
    2. Scan Mode: Two scan mode options,
      • Quick scan: To repair minor level corruption in PST file, or even user can use this option view PST file mailbox items easily.
      • Advance Scan: To fix severely corrupted or inaccessible PST file and to retrieve hard deleted mailbox items in a PST.
  1. The software scans and load the added encrypted PST file. In this process, the tool will recover data from encrypted PST file.
  2. Now you will be provided with a preview of entire mailbox data items in the loaded PST file.

Note: This preview panel is so advanced. You can view each data item separately by the Data Item sort option provided in the left side. It also provides the filter, sort and multiple preview formats (emails can be viewed in 7+ formats) etc. You can preview your email, contact, calendar, task and journal attachments in a separate panel by double-clicking them.

  1. Now, save the retrieved emails from password protected PST file (encrypted). Press on the Export button on the top.

Note: To save only a few selected emails or data items, choose Export Selected option in the top right corner.

  1. The software provides 5 different Export option, you can choose for PST option. This allows you to create a new PST file with all the data from your loaded encrypted PST file.
  2. Select a destination location to store the newly created PST file and press the Export button.


The software will display the export process followed by the completion message. It then generates a report and displays the success count and also the failure count if any. This efficient tool makes data recovery simple and easy. Most importantly, the new created PST files do not ask for any password while accessing it.

Let’s Conclude

Protecting or encrypting crucial PST data file with a password is a necessity in today’s world. We are living in a society where data breach or data corruption can create immense loss or destruction. So safeguarding crucial information is always a headache. But it becomes a severe problem when you forget or lost those password.

Note: SysTools also provide an advanced utility for PST Password Recovery. Visit and know its pros and cons.


By Kumar Raj

Kumar Raj has more than 14 plus years of expertise in migration technology. He likes to create, edit, and optimize web material on topics conversion of email data, and migration of email data. For the majority of the past ten years, he has been a devoted fan of the technology scene.