Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Perform OST file recovery for Error [0x80040111-00000000-00000000]

Accessing Microsoft Outlook in the offline mode is a great relief for its users. The OST file so created rests on the local machine and contains all the emails, attachments, notes, calendar enties, journals and tasks created just the way they actually are onto the server.

Corruption in OST file:

Since, the OST file is stored on a user's system (either laptop or desktop), the vulnerabilities that the system is exposed to are also applicable to the user's OST file. Virus attack, data storage device failure, network connection failure, power failure and more such factors play a primo role in the corruption of Outlook OST file.

Once corrupted, the data that resides onto that file including vital emails, appointments and contacts become unusable. A frequent error that is encountered when sending emails is:

“This message could not be sent. Try sending the message again later, or contact your network administrator. Error is [0x80040111-00000000-00000000]”


This error results in Oulook 2007 when using cached mode. To resolve the problem follow these steps:

Click on Tools and then choose Email Accounts.
Edit the existing account.
For Exchange users, click on 'More Settings...' button at the bottom.
Save changes and quit Outlook.
Rename the exisiting OST file and remove it.
Restart Outlook.

In major cases this seems to resolve the issue. Outlook OST errors can also result post corruption in the file. An inbuilt OST recovery tool is Inbox Repair Tool (Scanost). Scanost.exe repairs the corrupt or damaged OST file and makes the file usable again. However, there is a catch. Scanost works by completely restructuring the Outlook OST file. This can lead to loss of vaulable data such as important emails or contacts. Moreover, under severe degree of corruption, this utility fails.

When Scanost does not work, OST Recovery is possible by converting OST to PST. To convert OST to PST teeming third party tools are available online. One such indigenous software is OST to PST Converter. This adroit utility succesfully recovers all the user data such as emails, attachments, appointments, contacts, notes, calendar entries and tasks from severly corrupt or orphaned Outlook OST file and creates a new usable PST file. The software is compatible with MS Outlook 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000. The demo version of this preeminent tool is available for free download.