An OST is an Offline Storage table of Microsoft Outlook which contains items such as email, contacts, notes, tasks, etc. OST files make the users work offline and later synchronize changes with the Exchange server when connected to the internet.
Now, the problem arises when the user accidentally delete the important emails from the Outlook Offline folder. However, it can be easily restored from the “deleted items” folder. But, imagine if you permanently deleted the emails from that particular Deleted items folder. Or accidentally clean the deleted folder? Don’t panic or worried about it.
In this article, we are going to discuss the methods to recover the deleted emails from OST file. We will look closer at this shortly, But for now, understand the factors that can corrupt the OST file.
How to Recover Deleted OST Emails Manually?
This process is applicable to recover deleted OST emails from Outlook.
⦁ Launch MS Outlook >>Go to File >> Info> > Account Settings.
⦁ In the Account Settings window>>Select the E-mail tab>> Select Microsoft Exchange. The system displays the Change E-mail Account
⦁ Click the More Settings.
⦁ In the Microsoft Exchange window>>select ‘Advanced’
⦁ Click Offline Folder File Settings
⦁ In the File field, enter the path of the OST file.
⦁ Click OK. The system names the OST file as Outlook.ost. If a file with the same name already exists in the system, you will be prompted for a new file name.
⦁ Click OK and then click Finish.
Limitations of the Manual Method
⦁ This method is not applicable if the users have a large number of OST files.
⦁ If any step is skipped by the users, it can lead to permanent data loss.
⦁ To implement the manual approach, a user needs to tech-savvy as the process is a little bit complicated to understand.
⦁ This process only diagnoses and repair minor issues. It can’t restore the highly damaged or corrupted emails.
What if Manual steps fail to recover OST file?
We have an alternative method to recover the data from the OST file. The OST recovery tool is an efficient way to restored deleted emails, contacts, calendars, tasks, and other items from the OST file. It easily retrieves all permanently deleted emails and other items from OST. Apart from .ost, you can also recover .nst and .bak files. BAK files are generated by Scanpst.exe while repairing the OST file.
Steps to Recover Deleted emails from OST File
Step1: Install & Run the OST recovery software.
Step 2: Click on Add File, there you will find Select File or Search File options to add OST files from their location.
Step 3: The tool provides two options Quick Scan and Advanced Scan to restore the emails from OST. Choose the scanning process as per your choice.
Step 4: Now, the software starts scanning the OST files.
Step 5: After the completion of scanning, click on the Yes button to save the scan files.
Step 6: Now, the OST file recovery or repair process completed. You can view all the data in the left panel of the tool. The tool also provides multiple modes to view recovered OST data. You can preview all OST data like Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, Journal, Folder list in 8 preview modes like Normal view, Hex, Properties, MIME, RTF, Attachments.
Step 7: Step 5:Click on the Save button to save the recovered data. You can save the recovered data in various formats like PST, PDF, MSG, EML, HTML, Office 365. Browse the destination location to save the file in the local system. Now, hit the export button and the OST recovery process started and recovered data successfully saved in the PST format.
Step 8: OST repair application starts the process.
Step 9: Recovered data successfully saved in the PST file.
After completing the steps, you can save the exported report just by clicking the save button.
The tool also provides the option to save the exported report in multiple formats like HTML, EML, MSG, PST, etc.
In order to recover the deleted emails from the OST file, we described a manual approach. Though the method is free of cost, it may be vulnerable to your valuable mail data. Thus, we mentioned a better alternative to recovered emails from an OST file. The professional software that easily retrieves the mailbox data from OST files without any errors. If you want to save your valuable time then the OST recovery tool is the best choice to restore those permanently deleted mail files.