Free PST Recovery Software

Daisy updated on Sep 22, 2020 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

If PST files are missing, being deleted or formatted by mistake, refer to part 1. Download the PST file recovery software to restore lost PST files. If Microsoft Outlook .pst files get corrupted or damaged, go to part 2. Email Recovery Wizard can repair all damaged .pst files.

Part 1. Recover Lost PST File for Free
Part 2. Repair Corrupted/Damaged PST File

A PST file is a personal folder file in Microsoft Outlook. In Outlook, the storage limit for a single user's PST file is 2 GB.  When functioning in its capacity as a cache for Outlook's Cached Exchange Mode feature, it may be called an Off-line Storage Table (.ost) or an Off-line Folders (File). 

With the popularity of Microsoft Outlook grows, PST files data loss sometimes happens in our daily life. If you lost PST files, follow part 1. If your PST file gets corrupted, go to part 2.

Part 1. Recover Lost PST File for Free (Recommend)

To effectively recover your deleted Outlook PST files, you need an email recovery tool with strong data recovery capacity. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition is the best choice for computer users to do PST file recovery. It can be used for all kinds of PST data loss situations. All Windows systems are supported such as Windows 10/8/7 etc.

Besides, if you happen to lost important office files such as documents or excels, you can also perform office file recovery with it.  

Step 1. Select the drive partition where you used to save the Outlook PST files and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. The software will start immediately for a quick and deep scan, to find as many lost files as possible. To quickly locate the PST files, you have two options.

  • Use "Filter > Email" to find your lost PST files.
  • Search with ".pst" can also help you reach the PST file.
scan lost pst files

Step 3. Select the wanted PST files from the results, and click "Recover" to get them back all at once.

recover lost pst files

Part 2. Repair Corrupted/Damaged PST File 

If you can't open your Personal Folders file (.pst), or you suspect that your .pst data file is corrupted, follow this method. Corrupted PST files can be fully repaired by professional PST repair tool. Corruption or damage in the Outlook PST file results in inaccessibility of your entire valuable Outlook emails. EaseUS Email Recovery Wizard can fix your corrupted, damaged or inaccessible PST files. Let's see how it works:

Step 1. Download EaseUS Email Recovery Wizard, install and launch it. Select "Recover Deleted Email/Repair PST File" option and press the "Next" button.

Recover Outlook PST File

Step 2. Select the corrupted PST file by pressing "Select source file". You may also search for the corrupted PST file from "Search PST file" button provided. Make sure that you have chosen the appropriate PST file before attempting the repair process.

Select source PST files to repair

Step 3. Choose an appropriate destination location to save the new, healthy PST file. Ensure that there is enough free disk space to save your health PST file.  After configuring your recovery options, click the "Next" button.

Note: Intensive Scan should be selected if you are not getting the desired result.

Step 4. During the process, recovered Outlook items are visible in the list, you can also preview the email.

  • Save mail recovery results, including messages contacts and attachments in an error-free new PST file with full folder structure.

Preview deleted emails

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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