PST Extraction Fails with Windows Easy Transfer

Published: 12th November 2009
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To allow safe and easy data transfer from your old Windows computer to another, newer Windows versions, such as Windows Vista and Windows 7, include a tool called Windows Easy Transfer. It is a program that lets you to move personal files, data, files, emails and settings from Windows XP-based computer. In case of Microsoft Outlook Personal Folder, the tool might fail to transfer if it is corrupt. The corrupted .pst file should be repaired using Outlook Inbox Repair Tool. But if it fails for any reason, you need a better solution for Outlook PST Repair.

To illustrate this, consider the following scenario:

1-You try to use Windows Easy Transfer for extracting Outlook .pst file. But the operation doesn't succeed. However, you can move rest of the files and settings with no problem

2-You receive an error suggesting that .pst file is being used

3-You rerun the tool, but receive the same error again


The .pst file extraction might fail if it is corrupt. It can occur if one of the below conditions exists:

1-You tried to backup the Outlook PST using Windows Easy Transfer when Outlook was opened and accessing it

2-You attempted to use the tool immediately after closing Outlook and .pst file is large in size. Outlook continues to run in background for some time if PST is large.


To repair the corrupted .pst file, you should repair it using Outlook Inbox Repair Tool. The tool is located at one of the below locations:

:Program FilesCommon FilesSystemMapi1033

:Program FilesCommon FilesSystemMSMAPI1033

:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice12 (in Outlook 2007)

You can use Windows Explorer to open Scanpst.exe file or use Windows Search or Find option. After the tool is located, follow these steps to run it:

1-You need to open Scanpst.exe file to start Inbox Repair Tool

2-You can type the damaged .pst file path and name and click Start to repair. Alternatively, you can browse to the location of file.

3-After the repair the process is complete, close it and try to extract the PST again

If the problem continues, the file is still corrupt and you need to repair it using a powerful PST Repair Tool. These are safe Outlook PST Repair utilities designed with exclusive technology to repair and restore a damaged .pst file.

Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair is a fully-competent repair tool with powerful features to repair damaged or corrupted PST file. It is a safe utility that supports Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000. This PST Repair Tool is easy-to-use with self-descriptive interface. It recovers and restores all PST file objects (including emails, notes, journals etc.) at a safe location.

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