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Fix “Outlook PST is Not a Personal Folders File” - Outlook PST Repair

Fix “Outlook PST is Not a Personal Folders File”

In the Microsoft Outlook, the data in the personal storage files are stored either by manual procedure or using the MS-Outlook Auto Archive option. It is to be noted that at the time when Archive PST file gets stored, its latest modified date appears in front of the file no matter whether the file was send or received. Every time when the user saves the file, the new date and time gets displayed. Once in a while it happens that after archiving any Outlook personal storage file on any kind of storage media, when we try to restore the data from that particular file, it is surprising to note that the file cannot be opened any how. Furthermore the time and the date also changes and gives the following error message every time the user tries to access the file-

“Archive_filename.pst is not a personal folders file”

The user might be wondering about the error message that pops in front of their computer screen that if .pst is not a personal folder file, then what it is then exactly and what it needs to be so that the data can be accessed easily. The aforesaid problem is one of the most common problems that people come across in their day to day life. People opt for PST archiving in order to minimize the file size but sometimes they come across the following error message.

Now the biggest question that arises is as to why the “Archive_filename.pst is not a personal folders file” occurs. There can be 3 main reasons behind this thing. The first is that the PST file might have gone damaged which in turn has infected the root archive personal storage file. The other 2 reasons include damaged backup media and virus attack. In this scenario, no matter how much effort you put in, it is not possible to extract the information from this corrupted PST file. So, does this mean that the data from that particular file is gone and we would not be able to access it? No, it is not so, rather the file can be repaired using some of the methods suggested below.

The first method is to make use of the Inbox Repair Tool that is an inbuilt tool present in all the versions of Microsoft Outlook. Once the tool is being located, run it and browse the computer to select the damaged PST file which needs to be repaired. Depending upon the memory limit, it would take some amount of time to scan the file and it would give you a report whether there are errors present in it or not.





After that you need to click on the repair button that would fix the corruption from that particular personal storage file. If you want to know what was exactly repaired, then you can get the information by looking in the text file that can be found in the same directory where your file is located with the same name.





When you click on that particular notepad file, you will get the following information. It would be All Greek for the user because most of the information is cryptic and people would not be able to understand it.





Once the damaged PST file is repaired after when you were experiencing “Archive_filename.pst is not a personal folders file” error message, you will have to find the location where the newly repaired file is being located. There is a standard location available under the profile directory. Copy paste %appdata%\Microsoft\Outlook in the address bar of windows explorer. This method is to be implemented on standardized location only.





Sometimes what happens is that after when the file is repaired using the Inbox Repair Tool, it gets stored in some different location rather than in the standard location. In that a situation, people need to open Outlook and choose the Properties by right click on the folder location.





Click on the Advanced button





Here, you can see the exact location of the newly repaired PST file. Once the file is located, you can easily access the file as well as its content.





Once in a while it happens that the Inbox Repair Tool is unable to rectify the “Archive_filename.pst is not a personal folders file”. It can be due to the fact that there is a lot of corruption in the personal storage file. In that a situation, it is advised to use any good 3rd party utility tool. Outlook PST Repair is very good application software that can eliminate all the corruption by using sophisticated algorithm. Not only does it repair the damaged personal storage file but it also split the oversized PST file and can perform PST password recovery as well.

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