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2 Prominent Techniques to Repair Outlook BAK File Effectively

Published By Ashwani Tiwari
Tej Pratap Shukla
Approved By Tej Pratap Shukla
Published On February 28th, 2022
Reading Time 5 Minutes Reading

Are you finding the solution on how to restore Outlook backup files? Whether your .bak file gets corrupted or damaged? Then, no need to worry this write helps you to repair Outlook BAK file in the best ways. Get the best solution to do Outlook .bak file recovery in a reliable way.

Nowadays, Outlook becomes a prominent email client as compared to other email applications. Microsoft programmed it with various advanced features and functionalities. It is able to manage a large number of email messages, calendars, contacts, tasks, journals, etc. Outlook stores its mailbox data into PST file format. So, Microsoft realizes how critical PST files are and that is why it provides an inbuilt Inbox repair tool such as SCANPST.exe.

This utility can be used to detect and repair minor damages and corruption of PST files so, that Outlook can function normally. By default, this utility creates a backup copy of every PST before, a user trying to repair it. This backup copy is generated with the intention, that if the repair is unsuccessful and the PST file gets damaged during the repair attempt. So, its backup can be utilized to restore the data stored within. But, sometimes due to corruption in .bak file users are searching for a solution to recover data from the bak file.

In this article, we have come up with an effective way to perform the recovery of .bak files of Outlook. The Outlook PST Repair Solution by PCVITA can also repair Outlook BAK files in fewer number of steps when compared to the manual method.

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Comprehensive Steps to do Outlook .bak File Recovery Manually

Using SCANPST, the operation to repair Outlook BAK file can be performed. Firstly, you have to locate the .BAK file that can by default be found in the folder of your original Outlook PST file. Generate a copy of the .BAK file (.BAK) and give the original BAK file a new name with a .PST extension. For instance, like. After that proceed forward. Follow the given steps:

Step 1: At the first step, close the Microsoft Outlook application.

Step 2: After that, select (C) Drive location and then Program Files option.

Step 3: Now, you have to select MS Office then, Office14 and go to SCANPST.

Step 4: Here, you have to choose the SCANPST option.

Step 5: A pop-up wizard will appear, hit on Browse button to opt for the Outlook PST File, and then click on the Start button to proceed forward.

Location to find PST file: “C:\Users\admin\Documents\Outlook Files”

Step 6: Afterwards, select the Start button, the tool will automatically check the consistency of the data file.

Step 7: A new wizard will appear, it will show the location of the Outlook PST file, the number of folders found and the total components found in this PST file. Here, you have to make sure that you check the option “Make a backup of scanned file before repairing”. Then, click on the Repair button to repair the corrupt PST file.

Step 8: After selecting the Repair, the scanpst.exe utility will display a “Repair Complete” message into your system. You have to simply click on the OK button.

Step 9: If anyhow, you are unable to find SCANPST on its default location, then it might be possible that you have disabled this feature “Show hidden files and folders”. So make sure, that this option is enabled. Follow the below-listed steps if you did not find the SCANPST option.

Step 10: Select the “Ask me anything” option and add Folder Options in the field then, click on File Explorer Options.

Step 11: Here, a new window will appear such as File Explorer Options. Go to the “View” tab then Under Advance Settings, and click the option Show hidden files, folders, and drives after that hit on “OK”.

Professional Way to Repair Outlook BAK File Without Any Hindrance

The above-mentioned manual solution has some drawbacks that affect the procedure positively. There is no surety to recover data from the bak file, even it may lose your crucial data. So, all you need is more sophisticated software that can pull out all the desired information from BAK files and store it safely.

With the help of this tool, a user can easily and simply restore mails from the .bak file without losing a bit of data. This recovery software is capable enough to repair Outlook BAK file created by scanpst.exe and restores the archive file in PST format. The tool is equipped with advanced features. Moreover, it facilitates an understandable user interface so, a novice user can perform the Outlook .bak file recovery without taking expert help.

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Final verdict

When an Outlook user repairs PST data file using an inbuilt utility SCANPST.EXE. So, it furnishes an option such as “Make a backup of scanned file before repairing”. This feature allows a user to take backup in advance to prevent any future uncertainty. But, sometimes users find that the .bak file gets corrupted.

Therefore, considering all things, here in this article we have discussed the manual and professional solutions to repair Outlook BAK file effectively. A user can go with the manual solution to recover data from .bak file. But, he/she should be aware of its constraints. Thus, it is better to opt for alternative third-party software to do the same. Using this software a user performs Outlook .bak file recovery within a minute. Additionally, it totally depends on the user which one they want to choose. They can select any one method as per their requirement and need.


By Ashwani Tiwari

I am an Expert Technical Analyst, specialized in assisting users with complex technological challenges. Through my blogs and articles, I offer expert guidance to help tackle these technical issues effectively. My true passion lies in providing valuable insights and simplifying complicated technicalities, enhancing user understanding and confidence.