Outlook Data File Not Closed Properly Error After Syncing with iTunes

Published: 20th November 2009
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You can use iTunes to sync the calendars and contacts from Microsoft Outlook to any iPod or iPhone. The supported versions for this operation are Outlook 2003 and later. Each time when you sync contacts from Outlook, you need to give iTunes access to Outlook address book and calendar. But the application can sometimes cause problems to Outlook data file, which can even corrupt it. At this point, you should consider to restore the file from backup or run Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe). If these fail, the only option is to use a Microsoft Outlook Recovery product that can scan and repair the file using high-end procedures.



For better understanding of such problems, consider the following problem that you might encounter when syncing Outlook data using iTunes. After setting up iTunes to sync your Outlook contacts or calendars with your iPhone or iPod, you notice that whenever you open Outlook, you receive an error that is similar to below:



"The data file 'file_name' was not closed properly. The file is being checked for problems"



The check runs for sometime but finds no issues. In some case, you might experience that PST file size grows unexpectedly. The issue is typically associated with Outlook 2003 or 2007 data file.



Cause



Most of the times, the problem is related to iTunes add-in that might be interrupting with the working of Outlook. If this is not the case, the PST file might be corrupted.



Solution



To solve the given problem, you should try suggestions like:



1-You should disable the iTunes add-in

2-If the issue persists, you can delete the original .pst file provided a suitable backup is present to restore it

3-You can try repairing the corrupted file by Scanpst.exe utility

4-In case when no valid backup exists, check if you can open the .pst file well. If yes, you can create a new .pst file and try to import uncorrupted items

5-If all these measures don't seem to work, you should repair the file using PST Recovery tools. These are special Microsoft Outlook Recovery utilities built with safe and advanced technology that brings complete .pst file repair results.



Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair is a comprehensive tool to repair the damaged Outlook .pst file. The tool serves as an advanced PST Recovery tool for files created with Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000. It can restore all PST objects, which include emails, notes, journals, tasks and calendar events.


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