Is there any way to recover my Outlook data?

Microsoft Outlook 2007
Hi everyone, 

I have a problem with Outlook 2007. I am trying to import a data file that I have placed on my desktop called outlook.pst. I am getting an error message stating " C:...outlook.pst is not an Outlook data file (.pst).

The Outlook.pst is outlook file but its saying is not and outlook file. Is there anything wrong? That sounds weird. ScanPST.exe after launch, says that can't repair the file.

Please post if you have any suggestion. Thank you.

Software/Hardware used:
Microsoft Outlook, Windows

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If you are getting a message that the PST Recovery Software is not an Outlook Data File, then it seems that your Outlook data file has damaged. Once Outlook data file gets corrupt then Outlook fails to recognize it and produces this error. You can repair your corrupted PST file using Scanpst.exe utility. It’s a free utility suggested by Microsoft Outlook. However, sometimes, scanpst is not helpful in repairing the PST file if it is severely corrupted. In that scenario, you can use an Outlook PST file Recovery Software 

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  • carlosdl
    Where did that file come from?
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  • Brijesh
    May be check with this Outlook Repair Kit or ScanPST which may help you to recover outlook data.
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  • bhannah
    Scanpst is probably your best hope to recover your Outook pst file. but it also cannot be run from inside Outlook.  Outlook cannot be running when you try and recover the file. The scanpst.exe is normally located in. C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14 folder.
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  • ToddN2000
    Is this file Outlook version compatible? It may not recognize an older file format.
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  • vedshoviv
    I would suggest you use SanPST.exe to recover your Outlook PST data. But if ScanPST.exe fails to recover your data then you can go with Shoviv Outlook PST Repair tool.

    Hope it will help you to accomplish your job.
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  • nasreen9
    I have read your question and according to me you need to follow because there you will find the 3 best methods to find out the solution of your problem. I tried solution 1 and it worked for me. So, i like to suggest you to go there and get resolve your issue. Cheer
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Found one more link that can help to recover / repair Outlook files,
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  • That is pst file created by outlook application you your machine
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