Thursday, January 19, 2012

It is feasible to recover data from a corrupt or damaged Outlook OST file

MS Exchange provides users an option to work offline and access their mailbox data even in the absence of a connection using the ‘Cached Exchange’ mode. These changes are automatically synchronized when a connection is made to the Exchange server. If Outlook synchronization with the Exchange server fails, you may lose all the valuable piece of work that was done offline. As a consequence, you could face serious data loss. This usually happens when your Outlook offline folders (.ost) file is damaged. An OST integrity check tool can be used for repairing the corrupt OST file. However, if the problem persists, you can easily convert your OST to PST using a reliable third-party utility.

For instance, you use MS Outlook 2002. When you try to synchronize your OST file (that has crossed the size limitation of 1.82 GB) with the Exchange Server, you may receive the following error message on your screen:

''Task ‘Microsoft Exchange Server’ reported error (0x00040820): Errors in background synchronization. In most cases, further information is available in a synchronization log in the Deleted items folder. ''

Deleted Items folder of Exchange Server mailbox and OST file do not show the synchronization log.

Why an error is occurring?
Above error message is caused because in Outlook 2002 the size limit of an Outlook OST file is 1.82 GB. As the OST file has crossed the predefined size limit, it may be corrupt.

How an error can be solved?
The following methods will help you resolve this problem:
  • Permanently delete all e-mail messages from any server based e-mail folders that are arranged to be in synchronization with the Outlook OST file.
  • Transfer the data from any synchronized folder to a non-synchronized folder on the Exchange Server.
  • Transfer and permanent deletion of data from a synchronized folder to an Outlook PST file.
However, if you are still facing problems, you need to take help of a third party OST to PST converter. These software are capable of efficiently converting all orphaned or corrupt OST files to equivalent PST files. They can safely restore various OST file components, such as emails, calendar items, contacts, etc.

Stellar Phoenix OST to PST Converter is a professional tool that effectively repairs damaged OST files and converts them to corresponding PST files. The dexterous Outlook OST Recovery software supports MS Outlook 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000. Moreover, it is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000.