At a Glance
- Nice interface; simple usage
Advanced Outlook Repair is the best Outlook recovery tool. It can scan the damaged personal folder files(.pst) and recover your mail messages, folders, posts, appointments, contacts, distribution lists, tasks, journals and notes in them.
With many business users reliant upon Outlook for all their
e-mail, calendaring, and contact needs, it can be quite traumatic
when Outlook’s .pst file goes south. Outook 2007 and 2010 are quite
robust in this regard, but stuff happens. If hard drive sectors
fail, Office’s scanpst.exe may not be able to fix the file.
Advanced Outlook Repair professes to be able to recover more items
from damaged .pst files than anyone–or your money back.
Vendor DataNumen claims that Advanced Outlook Repair can salvage
files from any Outlook version from 97 on; in my hands-on I tried
several different Outlook 2007 and 2010 .pst files. It’s hard to
find fault with a program for recovering files, but AOR wasn’t
smart enough to figure out that one of the files was perfectly fine
and didn’t need recovery. On the other hand, it said it had output
recovered headers (the demo doesn’t retrieve data) to a new .pst
files from the.pst files that I deliberately damaged. Alas, I found
folders but no message headers in the new .psts. Perhaps I had
damaged the files too much.
Fortunately, as with many other recovery programs, you can use
the free demo version see if Advanced Outlook Repair works on your
problem file without risk. And if you didn’t abuse your .pst files
the way I did mine, it’s quite likely you’ll have better results.
The software’s very easy to use, and if it finds the messages,
contacts, and appointments you lost, consider buying it. Of course,
I’d try every other option, including scanpst.exe, before I
purchased a $250 program. That said, if AOR works and nothing else
does, then for many Outlook-centric users (especially the
backup-challenged) $250 may seem like bargain.
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download the latest version of the software.
–Jon L. Jacobi