Thursday, 19 February 2009

Recover Deleted Outlook Items

Open the PST in the Hex editor.

Delete positions 7 through 13 with the spacebar.
Since you're using hexadecimal numbering, this actually clears 13 characters in the following positions:
00007, 00008, 00009, 0000a, 0000b, 0000c, 0000d, 0000e, 0000f, 00010, 00011, 00012, 00013
As you clear the characters, the editor displays the code “20” in their position.

Save the PST, it is now corrupted.

Run the Inbox Repair Tool, SCANPST.exe, to recover the file.

On Win2K and WinNT systems, the executable is located in
C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\NT

You can also find it on the Office 2000 CD-ROM in
\Program Files\Common\System\Mapi\1033\NT.

On Windows XP, the file is located in
C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033

And Windows XP Office XP/2002 SP2
C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033

The Inbox Repair Tool creates a backup and repairs the damage and recreates the PST.

Open the new PST in Outlook.

The Deleted Items folder should now contain the deleted messages, unless Outlook has already deleted them by compacting the PST.

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