MS Outlook 2003 is a versatile email client used on stand alone as well as network computer. Emails and attachments are stored by MS Outlook in two file formats i.e., .OST and .PST. OST or offline storage table is created when MS Outlook is disconnected from Live Exchange server. On the contrary, PST or personal storage table is created when you add a new email account in MS Outlook. OST or PST file created with MS Outlook 2003 can store emails and attachments up to 20 GB size. When OST file of Outlook 2003 mailbox crosses the 20 GB size limit, it fails to synchronize with MS Exchange server. As a result of OST file non-synchronization, different error messages are displayed on the computer screen:
Microsoft has added inbuilt tools scanpst.exe and scanost.exe in MS Outlook 2003 to check the OST file for oversize and other corruption issues. Default location of both scanpst and scanost is:
Scanpst.exe fixes oversize, data integrity and other issues of both OST and PST files. You can repair and recover corrupt OST file with Convert OST to PST file of your Outlook 2003 mailbox in following steps:
You can also scan corrupt OST file of outlook 2003 mailbox with OST integrity check utility or scanost.exe. Unlike scanpst, OST integrity check tool only scans offline storage tables. Scanost.exe diagnoses OST file for synchronization errors. It compares the corrupt OST file with your outlook 2003 mailbox on Live Exchange Server. You can start email recovery from corrupt OST file with scanost.exe in following steps:
Right click on scanost.exe file and press “ok” In the profile name list, select the profile that stores corrupt .OST file Click on “scan all folders” or “Choose folders to scan” Select “repair errors” Check Box and click on “Begin Scan”
Scanost.exe recovers data from the corrupt OST file and saves in “Deleted Items” folder of your Outlook 2003 mailbox. However, if both scanpst and scanost are unable to troubleshoot the OST synchronization errors, you will have to use third party recovery software.
Free ost2pst is a reliable solution for all corruption issues of OST file in MS Outlook 2003. It extracts all emails of your Outlook 2003 mailbox from the inaccessible OST file and then transfers in a new PST file. Free ost2pst utility reinstates emails in new PST file in original text formatting and orders. It supports all versions of MS Outlook as well as Exchange Server.
Free osttopst utility also allows the user to save the recovered emails in other file formats such as .DBX, MBOX, MSG, EML, TXT, RTF, HTML, MHTML, & PDF. The free version displays a preview of all recovered emails and attachments from a corrupt OST folder.
Free ost2pst is remarkable OST to PST conversion tool, that can fix all corruption issues of OST file. The evaluation version allows the user to repair unspecified number of corrupt OST file of Exchange Server. Repaired OST files are shown by this program in a tree structure. You must buy the full version of software in order to save the recovered data in .PST, DBX, MBOX, MSG, EML, TXT, RTF, HTML, MHTML, & PDF file format.
MS Windows Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000, 98, NT and 95
MS Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, 2000, 98 and 97
Outlook Express 6.0, 5.5, 5.0 and 4.0
Windows Server 2012, 2008 R2, 2008, 2003 R2, 2003
Microsoft Exchange Server 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000, 5.5 and 5.0