How to Recover Deleted PST File in Outlook 2019/2016/2013/2010

Roxanne updated on Dec 11, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Lost or accidentally deleted Outlook PST file? If so, don't worry. Use EaseUS PAT file recovery software to easily recover deleted PST files from hard drive. It supports Outlook 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 PST/OST file deleted recovery. If you don't like this way, you can still have a chance to recover PST file from previous versions.

Q: I accidentally deleted my whole .pst file. Is there any way to retrieve it?

"I accidentally deleted my whole PST file from C:\Users\Name\Documents\Outlook Files. Is there any way to retrieve it? Now, when I click to open Microsoft Outlook, a warning sign appears and indicates "The file C:\Users\xxx\documents\Outlook Files\xxx@*******.com.pst cannot be found". How can I recover the deleted PST file? I need it to continue my works. Thank you in advance. Please help me."

A PST (Personal Storage Table) is an automatically created personal folder file in Microsoft Outlook. It stores a user's Outlook data such as emails, tasks, contacts, calendars, events, attachments, and other files on the client's hard disk. Sometimes the PST file can get deleted or lost due to a certain reason, like hazardous Trojan and Malware virus infection, unintentional deletion by pressing Shift + Delete keys, hard drive failure, or operating system crash.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Recover PST File with Software Download PST recovery software > Choose drive to scan > Preview and recover..Full steps
Method 2. Recover previous PST file Open File Explorer > Locate Outlook Files > Choose Restore Previous Versions...Full steps

If you just deleted the PST file, you should be able to restore it from the Recycle Bin. If it is permanent deletion or you have emptied the Recycle Bin, you will need to recover it from a backup if you have one. In case you still don't have a backup (for most users), you can use an ultimate data recovery program to restore permanently deleted PST files.  

The Most Effective Way to Recover Deleted PST File from Hard Drive

The most practical method to recover deleted PST file for Outlook is using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This is one of the top file recovery software that can recover lost PST or OST files at a high recovery rate.

Apart from PST file recovery, this data recovery application can also recover many other kinds of files, such as Word, Excel, PPT, PSD, videos, photos, audios, and more. Now download this program and follow steps to recover deleted PST files within a few simple clicks.

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 so as to find as many lost files as possible. To quickly locate the PST files, you have two options.

  • Use "Filter > Emails" 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

How to Import PST files into Outlook

After the PST files have been recovered, you can import them to Outlook to restore all mailbox components within the files such as emails, attachments, contacts, calendar items, journals, notes, etc.

Step 1. Start Outlook. Go to "File" > "Open & Export" > "Import/Export" > "Import from another program or file" > "Open Outlook Data File". 

Step 2. In the navigation pane, drag and drop the emails, contacts, other folders from .pst file to your existing Outlook folders.

import pst files into Outlook

Recover Deleted PST File from Previous Versions

Suppose that you have enables the File History or system backup on your Windows, you might recover deleted PST files from backup and previous versions.

Step 1. Open Windows Explorer.

Step 2.  Go to the C:\Users\UserName\Documents\Outlook Files.

Step 3. Right-click Outlook Files and choose "Restore Previous Versions". Switch to the "Previous Versions" tab. Then, choose a version to restore.

how to recover deleted PST files from previous versions

Final Words

If you have deleted Outlook PST files unintentionally, you must not compact your PST or save any new data, as these actions may lead to overwriting. Then, you need to recover deleted PST files through useful ways, either from backup if enabled or using EaseUS file recovery tool to get back your emails and other content in Outlook. The earlier you make the recovery, the more likely the data recovery will be.

Helpful Tips to Avoid PST File Loss

Based on the reasons result in data loss, you can do the following to avoid the loss of PST files.

  • Regularly back up important files, including the PST file and store them on an external hard drive 
  • Scan your system with antivirus software to check and remove virus
  • Be careful not to delete files by mistake 
  • Delete using the "Delete" key or right-click mouse with Delete option instead of press "Shift+Delete" keys
  • Do not close Microsoft Outlook abruptly

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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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