Outlook mail error: filename.pst is not a personal folder

Email Administration
Microsoft Outlook
When I am trying to open the outlook the error came like “filename.pst is not a personal folder”. So I created one new pst and set it as default. Then I was able to open Outlook, but I need old emails which is in the old filename.pst file. It’s very urgent. I need the old pst to be configured in my mail. When I tried the attached error coming. Kindly suggest solution. It’s very urgent.

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Microsoft provides the Inbox Repair Tool for correcting most problems with damaged Personal Folders .pst files. If you do not see the Inbox Repair Tool on the Start menu, under Programs | Accessories | System Tools, use Start | Find or Start | Search (depending on your operating system) to search your system for Scanpst.exe.

You will need to know the location of the .pst file that you want to repair. See Outlook & Exchange/Windows Messaging Backup and Dual-Boot for information on file locations and ways to determine the location of a .pst file that you can see in Outlook.

“.pst is not a personal folder file”  the error message indicates the corruption in Outlook PST file. Outlook PST file corruption is the reason of this error and

Necessary actions are required for repairing the Outlook data file. You also create new PST file, but you want old file because file contained all important emails so you can use Microsoft Inbox Repair tool Scanpst.exe to repair PST file. Scanpst.exe is the inbuilt utility to scan and repair corrupt PST file.

You can try PST Email Converter Software – this is third party program but it is most trusted and being used by forensic experts for email evidences and data collections. You can check the video how to convert PST file

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  • Vikstrom
    Look at this reputable source also for help. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...rclientslegacy
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  • kathyrose
    -> I archived all of my mail today to a file called Archive_11.28.2005.pst.
    -> Everything seemed to work fine so I closed Outlook and burned the .pst
    -> file
    -> to a dvd.  I copied the file back to my hard drive, removed the read only
    -> attribute and tried opening it in Outlook (same version of Outlook (2003)
    -> on
    -> the same PC) and got the error "C:\<path to file>\Archive_11.28.2005.pst
    -> is
    -> not a personal folder file".  When I ran scanpst.exe it wouldn't recognize
    -> it
    -> as a .pst file.
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