How to fix/recover emails from OST file (Manual Steps)

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  • Updated on January 22nd, 2019

As we are familiar with the  MS Outlook software utility which is contemporary in the MS office suite in our windows system. We all know how crucial this email client platform is because it manages our emails, tasks, to-do lists, attachments etc.

Getting developed and updated by the Microsoft corporation the software somewhere down the line has its own issues which indicate that the software does need a solution toolkit which can provide a substitute for the concern. Despite that Microsoft users often face repercussions and outlook is not an exception in respect to that.

Storage of OST files

Over the time there are too many emails in the outlook which are saved in the mailbox located in the exchange server. A similar copy of those files is situated in the hard-drive of users. With these files one can easily work offline also and as soon as connection establishes synchronization occurs.

The primary concern is to recover emails which get permanently deleted or user has cleaned the deleted items folder. I have dispensed the manual steps which one can easily look forward to.

Fix emails from OST files manually

Below are the best ways to recover permanently deleted emails from OST files. Provided basic steps in here is applicable in most of the MS Outlook versions 2007 and 2010.

  1. Click to the Control Panel  →  Mail Applet.
  2. Selected account from emails then change tab.
  3. In change tab window click more settings.
  4. Select the advanced option and then unchecked Use check Exchange Mode → outlook data files options to continue.
  5. Select Disable offline use button then click OK.
  6. A pop-up will be displayed saying Outlook will not be able to work with your OST file.
  7. Click Yes through which you can recover emails from OST file.
  8. That will redirect you to the more settings window.
  9. Now repeat the step 4 saying click on outlook data files options → browse.
  10. Click on offline folder→OK.
  11. Change account window → Use check Exchange Mode → Next >> Finish.
  12. A message will be pop up “Outlook is using an old copy of your OST” → OK.
  13. You need to wait for a while and with this you can recover all the .ost files.

Storage of corrected OST files

Now you can save the generated .ost files by simply importing all the crucial repaired ost data to the pst. Or else you can also archive the complete ost folder which will help you in your backup.


The manual method explained above is authentic for the ost files in Outlook 2010,2013,2016. If the data is important and quite large sized then it becomes somewhere critical to restore back the original content. Even the technical knowledgeable person finds it tricky to use as it becomes quite tedious.

Skilled Common Method To Recover Emails From OST Files

Analyzing and submitting the disadvantage of the manual method it is highly recommended. You should look forward for the best third-party application software for this approach.

The healthy user interface and user experience of this software make it more reliable and efficient to use. In addition to this, it is quick and embedded programmed features including a preview of the corrected files. As Aryson Technologies provide third party software which is head and shoulders above the rest.

Supports the previous and updated versions of MS Outlook along with the modes adjustment details. Saves multiple options from one format to another (MSG, DBX, EML, MBOX, PST). Regardless of the technical knowledge a novice person should always give priority to third-party software for email recovery of OST.

In the closure

Losing a crucial data is actually an affliction where one experiences true hardships. So I would suggest you to always go for reliable options i.e, third party application software. As OST Recovery would help to fix mailbox from OST.

Trying a manual method with all the efforts can create a sense of conflicts. Hence, in this post I have dispensed both manual as well as automated, approach to get rid of  emails from OST files. In order of the preference you can choose either of the possible way.

In general, one should use effective and constructive measures over sluggish methods in order to get the best ways out.

About The Author:

Adom Smith is a DataRecoveryHelp Technology Writer. He is a technology enthusiast with over 3 years of experience in Data Recovery, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics. He enjoys researching and sharing DIY solutions as well as tips and tricks for resolving Windows technical issues.

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