Accessing Outlook database tables after corruption

The Microsoft PST file extension stands for personal storage. As with all early Microsoft file extensions like DOC, the underlying purpose of the file type is fairly simple to ascertain. What one may not be aware of is that the Microsoft PST file is actually a simple database. As with any database it has scripting to create tables. The tables are actually the data in text or other recognizable language specifying the parameters of your message. The Microsoft Outlook PST file can be rather large in size with some versions allowing up to 20 GB of storage space.

Imagine then the possibilities for failure if the access tables for this huge amount of storage were to be corrupted? And because very often Windows users have set Microsoft Outlook to start up when their PC does, this particular program is made susceptible to corruption and damage resulting in file loss due to improper shut down or start up. When this happens and you may be certain that if you use Microsoft Outlook on a regular basis it will happen, you will need a program specifically designed to recover Outlook PST file information. These programs will repair the PST file, restore your Microsoft Outlook inbox to operation level and allow you to recover Outlook emails.

Tracking down missing email messages for recovery

When you need to recover deleted emails, you want to begin by asking yourself the same question one asks when attempting data recovery of any kind. “Where was my file last seen?” in the process to recover deleted mails the location of that stored message will depend on whether or not you use a localized email client such as Microsoft Outlook or one of the many free web based email services.

Email that has been accidentally deleted, Yahoo mail for example, is automatically placed into the Yahoo trash bin and will remain there for 48 hours. At any time during this period you can open the trash bin and restore your messages. The temporary Internet file will also exist on your computer’s hard drive if you opened and displayed that message at any time on your computer screen. The easiest type of e-mail messaging to recover is that which was created, sent or received using a local e-mail client such as Microsoft Outlook. Outlook email messages are stored in a special database known as a PST file. If you have accidentally deleted messages sent or received using Outlook, there are specialized programs available that will crack open the PST file for you and help you retrieve your lost mail.