Solutions for Outlook PST file Errors have been Detected Issue

Ashwani Tiwari ~ Modified: September 15th, 2022 ~ Outlook Error ~ 7 Minutes Reading

When you start the Microsoft Outlook 2019 / 2016 / 2013 / 2007 / 2007 / 2003 and below version. What will you do if encountered an error message stating: Outlook PST file errors have been detected? Outlook errors may be of several types and its solutions are also in multiple ways. Microsoft Inbox Repair tool (Scanpst.exe) is one of them. We will discuss a few of the Outlook errors that have more probability to be detected on most Outlook users account. Explore manual solutions and steps to resolve all Outlook errors that have been detected by the users:

Outlook PST File Errors Have Been Detected

Problem: Outlook error prompt – “Errors have been detected in the file xyz.pst. First I thought that this might be due to misconfiguration of Outlook or due to any other reasons, like plug-ins, Outlook account profile damaged, etc. But later on, I failed after applying all fixes. I have tried inbuilt utility, but failed to solve my issue. I think my PST file is damaged.

Besides some of those errors we have mentioned above, the user may also detect other Microsoft Outlook errors in the PST file.

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Microsoft Outlook Errors have been Detected in the File PST- When?

These PST file errors can be detected due to various reasons like:

  1. One of the major reason is the corrupt PST file. Corruption may occur due to oversized PST files, multiple files saved on the system, a malicious attack can make them inaccessible, exiting Outlook suddenly.
  2. MS Outlook is installed in bad sectors of hard drive.
  3. Due to Virus or Malware attacks.
  4. Microsoft Outlook stops while receiving and sending emails or while synchronization or due to some other reasons.

The solution for Outlook detected PST file Errors

Basically, this blog will discuss the two different solutions to fix Outlook PST file error. The first one, the manual solution Inbox Repair Tool, the inbuilt utility provided by Microsoft. And the second one, a reliable software.

  1. Using the Scanpst.exe
  2. Using SysTools Outlook Error Repair Tool

Method 1: Using SysTools Outlook Data Recovery Tool

This is an automated solution to repair corrupted PST files within a single click. No matter what is the level of corruption software is quick enough to scan and fix it. Let’s see how to resolve error i.e. Outlook PST file errors have been detected using this algorithm:

  • Step1: Run & Install the software on your computer. And click on ‘Add file’.
  • Step2: Next select radio button beside select file, Browse the destination to add corrupt PST file.
  • Step3: Once PST file is added, click on the radio button beside Advance Scan option to start repairing process.
  • Step4: After process completed successfully user can preview recovered PST file data. There are multiple options to view recovered emails and other data. Now click on the Export button. To save repaired Outlook PST file data.
  • Step5: In the Export Options window, Choose PST option & browse location to save new data and click on the Export button. The process will start.
  • Step 6: The Live Report will be generated of the complete process. To view recovered PST file visit the location PST file was saved.

Method 2: Using the Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe)

Follow below steps to fix ‘Outlook PST file Errors have been Detected’ by using manual tool.

Step1: Exit Outlook & Start

Close Outlook and then run Scanpst.exe to remove damages from PST.

Automatically Start inbuilt Tool

If using Outlook 2013 and later version then the user can use Eazy Fix Wizard automatically.

Click the link Easy fix Wizard : Now Run the downloaded file and follow the steps within Wizard. Once done follow Step 2.

Manually Start ScanPST.exe

To start the Microsoft Repair tool manually, locate ScanPST.exe:

  • Outlook 2019: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16
  • Outlook 2016: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16
  • Outlook 2013: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15
  • Outlook 2010: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14

After that double-click on the Scanpst.exe file.

Step 2: Select Outlook Data file (.PST)

In the Inbox Repair Tool, browse the location and select PST file. Now click on Start button to start fixing Microsoft Outlook errors have been detected in the file PST.

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Step 3: Start Repairing PST Files

After completion of 8 Phases click on Repair button to start fixing PST file. Next Open MS Outlook to access the PST file.

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Note: To fully fix errors, the scanpst.exe tool will run several time. The user can wait till the process completes fully.

It is not compulsory that tool repairs every error that is detected. Well, many cases I found that tool failed to fix such as permanently deleted items may not be recovered, corrupted beyond repair, etc.

At the End

This article helps the users to find and run the Scanpst.exe for Outlook 2019 / 2016 / 2013 / 2010 / 2007 / 2003, to fix ‘Outlook PST file errors have been detected’ and discussed an alternate automated solution i.e. SysTools Outlook Fix Tool to resolve errors when the manual soultion fails.