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Recover Artifacts from Corrupt PST File Despite Permanent Loss

Published on 21 October 15
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Microsoft is the most popular brand amongst all kinds of users. It has achieved an irreplaceable position for which most brands compete. Outlook is one of its finest services provided to the users for communication purposes. This emailing service comes loaded with a number of advantages like; desktop access to emails, privacy of conversations / shared data, and more. However, there is always going to be a weak link even of the strongest chain. With cybercrime on the rise, even desktop clients like Outlook are involved in illegitimate activities either from the victimâs end or from the suspect. Nevertheless, when it comes to criminal acts, there are various categorizations in it. Meanwhile, what remains common in them all is the act of destroying evidence, if any. This post will be discussing about a similar condition along with the workarounds to reverse the spoliation done by an offender. The post is based on the most commonly encountered conditions from an investigative standpoint.
Why Parse a PST?
Outlook Data File or the PST file is the default repository for a user account configured on a respective machine. This PST file consists of email data, contacts, calendar entries, notes, and journals maintained by user, and more. The file is vulnerable to common cases of corruption and can be corrupted easily on purpose.
This is the very reason why parsing a corrupt PST file is highly significant. There is a high possibility of it storing a large number of crucial evidence that the suspect may have thought of as been destroyed permanently.
Role of Hex Editor: Hex editor is a freeware application that offers users to edit the structure, especially, header of the PST data file. Therefore, the file is corrupted turning the storage to become inaccessible for anyone.
How to Parse a PST?
Despite the effort put into corrupting a data file, provisions by Microsoft alone are enough to tackle with the damage. Microsoft offer built in utilities and repair options with most of its applications to give users the privilege of tackling situations at their end itself.
A similar application is provided for dealing with the recovery of corrupt PST file. ScanPST.exe or Inbox Repair Tool as itâs popularly known as, is the tool Microsoft has made available for users to deal with corruption.

File headers, particularly, when found corrupted are recovered successfully with the help of the software.

  1. Load the file

  2. A backup is generated automatically, just in case anything goes wrong during the recovery

  3. PST file is processed through 8 stages of thorough scanning

  4. And once the recovery completes, the data file becomes accessible

NOTE: The Inbox Repair tool is programmed to process & recover corrupt PST file data. However, in the case of file header manipulation, using techniques like hex editing when PST file gets corrupted; there is a high possibility that Scan PST utility can also restore deleted data from it, if any.
What to Take Care of While Parsing?
Parsing a data file is not practically easy especially when it is in a damaged condition. Parsing is a process where thorough review of the acquired artifacts is done. When a corrupt PST file is involved, it is important to bring it back to a healthy state with lost data, if any, to process it for regained evidence study.
As far as an Outlook data file is concerned, one can use the default program to access it, i.e. Microsoft Outlook or a third party reader.
When a commercial program is concerned, it is strictly advised that a dedicated forensic application be deployed instead of a file reader. A dedicated examiner (such as Free PST Viewer) comes with facilities more than just reading. More investigative friendly options are provided along with reading the file.
To recover corrupt PST file outlook 2007, 2010, etc., a reliable tool needs to be deployed like the one defined in the post above; Inbox Repair tool. However, post scanning and recovery, the actual recovery of artifacts can only be done by thoroughly examining it.
Microsoft is the most popular brand amongst all kinds of users. It has achieved an irreplaceable position for which most brands compete. Outlook is one of its finest services provided to the users for communication purposes. This emailing service comes loaded with a number of advantages like; desktop access to emails, privacy of conversations / shared data, and more. However, there is always going to be a weak link even of the strongest chain. With cybercrime on the rise, even desktop clients like Outlook are involved in illegitimate activities either from the victimâs end or from the suspect. Nevertheless, when it comes to criminal acts, there are various categorizations in it. Meanwhile, what remains common in them all is the act of destroying evidence, if any. This post will be discussing about a similar condition along with the workarounds to reverse the spoliation done by an offender. The post is based on the most commonly encountered conditions from an investigative standpoint.

Why Parse a PST?

Outlook Data File or the PST file is the default repository for a user account configured on a respective machine. This PST file consists of email data, contacts, calendar entries, notes, and journals maintained by user, and more. The file is vulnerable to common cases of corruption and can be corrupted easily on purpose.

This is the very reason why parsing a corrupt PST file is highly significant. There is a high possibility of it storing a large number of crucial evidence that the suspect may have thought of as been destroyed permanently.

Role of Hex Editor: Hex editor is a freeware application that offers users to edit the structure, especially, header of the PST data file. Therefore, the file is corrupted turning the storage to become inaccessible for anyone.

How to Parse a PST?

Despite the effort put into corrupting a data file, provisions by Microsoft alone are enough to tackle with the damage. Microsoft offer built in utilities and repair options with most of its applications to give users the privilege of tackling situations at their end itself.

A similar application is provided for dealing with the recovery of corrupt PST file. ScanPST.exe or Inbox Repair Tool as itâs popularly known as, is the tool Microsoft has made available for users to deal with corruption.

File headers, particularly, when found corrupted are recovered successfully with the help of the software.

  1. Load the file

  2. A backup is generated automatically, just in case anything goes wrong during the recovery

  3. PST file is processed through 8 stages of thorough scanning

  4. And once the recovery completes, the data file becomes accessible



NOTE: The Inbox Repair tool is programmed to process & recover corrupt PST file data. However, in the case of file header manipulation, using techniques like hex editing when PST file gets corrupted; there is a high possibility that Scan PST utility can also restore deleted data from it, if any.

What to Take Care of While Parsing?

Parsing a data file is not practically easy especially when it is in a damaged condition. Parsing is a process where thorough review of the acquired artifacts is done. When a corrupt PST file is involved, it is important to bring it back to a healthy state with lost data, if any, to process it for regained evidence study.

As far as an Outlook data file is concerned, one can use the default program to access it, i.e. Microsoft Outlook or a third party reader.

When a commercial program is concerned, it is strictly advised that a dedicated forensic application be deployed instead of a file reader. A dedicated examiner (such as Free PST Viewer) comes with facilities more than just reading. More investigative friendly options are provided along with reading the file.

To recover corrupt PST file outlook 2007, 2010, etc., a reliable tool needs to be deployed like the one defined in the post above; Inbox Repair tool. However, post scanning and recovery, the actual recovery of artifacts can only be done by thoroughly examining it.

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  1. 29 October 15
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    In order to repair the PST file one must use Inbox Repair Tool, Step by step guide about how to repair pst file using scanpst.exe.If PST file still shows error then you can also try some third party like Outlook Pst Recovery software which recovers corrupted Outlook PST files as well as to recover deleted data from the existing MS Outlook data files. Download now- http://www.filesrecoverytools.com/outlook-pst-recovery.html

  2. 23 October 15
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    Use Outlook Pst Repair Tool software which is capable of restoring all PST items including emails, notes, tasks, drafts, calendars, contacts, journal and all other items in PST files. The tool is also very well supported by all MS Outlook and Windows OS version. Read more- http://www.recoverydeletedfiles.com/outlook-pst-repair-tool.html

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