Web-based email services such as Yahoo! and Gmail have become more and more advanced to the point that they are almost indistinguishable from dedicated desktop email clients in terms of features.
But there is still a huge market for clients such as Outlook and, unlike online email services, you are placed firmly in charge of your data and bear responsibility for making sure that it remain safe and accessible. The problem with Outlook is that all of you emails and other data are stored in one, potentially gigantic, PST file. Should this become corrupt, you run the risk of losing everything, but Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair is, as the name suggests, a tool designed to help you out should the worst happen.
If you know where your Outlook PST file is stored – and this will vary from one version of the program to another – you can get off to quick start by simply pointing the program in the direction of the relevant file. But if you have never had to concern yourself with the location of such as file, there is such a function available that can be used to track down all possible files.
The next stage of the process involves nothing more than leaving the program to analyse your selected file to determine what can be done with the contents.
If you have been using Outlook for any length of time, it is quite possible that your PST file is several hundred megabytes in size, and this amount of data can take some time to work through. With this in mind you should not be surprised if you find yourself sitting twiddling your thumbs for a little while.
It is when the scan is complete that you can assess the damage. Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair has something of an antiquated look to it, with choice of font styles, garish icons and oversized buttons making it feel like something out of the 90s. But looks are not all that important if a program does what it claims.
Despite the rather aged look, there is something of a resemblance to the layout of Outlook itself, and you’ll find that to the left of the program window you are able to switch between looking at emails, calendars, notes, task, contacts and more.
Navigating through data works in very much the same way as in Outlook. You’re presented with a list of folders to the upper left of the screen and the right section is use to display additional information such as email headers and message previews.
Compatible with all versions of Outlook from 2000 to 2010, using Outlook PST Repair is easy enough, but patience is the order of the day. When the content of the selected PST have been opened, there’s no need to manually search through folders to find what you’re looking for. If you need to recover the entire PST, you can go right ahead and do so, but if you just need information from one or two messages, you can use the search tool to jump straight to message matching the criteria you specify.
Like all recovery software, Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair is a tool that gives varying results. No data recovery tool is going to be able to recover one hundred per cent of everyone’s data – it’s heavily dependent on the quality of the data that still exists.
But there are an unusually high number of complaints voiced online about this particular tool; many of them seem to stem from the fact that the program is expensive, and customer support is not up to many users’ expectations. The high cost of the software is perhaps harder to bear when you consider that this is the sort of program you are, in all likelihood, only going to be using once.
We send and receive more emails than ever before, and for many people an email client is their most used application. Email is used for everything from communication with friends and family, to storing photos and files, keeping records of up-coming and past events and much more. Email is important.
So when hard drive failure, a virus attack, or some other disaster denies us access to our data, the natural reaction to panic is understandable. It’s good to know that there is a tool such as Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair that might be able to help get back the contents of your inbox, but success is not guaranteed.
It is worth remembering that Microsoft has its own recovery tool in the form of the Inbox Repair utility. You might want to consider trying this out first as a it is completely free – just check on Google for details of how to find and use the tool.
It is said that it is hard to put a price on irreplaceable data – which is pretty much what emails are – but this utility’s price tag is unquestionably too high. Using the trial version of the program and having recoverable emails dangled in front of you, but just out of reach, makes it feel as though your data is being held to ransom. On the plus side, as mentioned above, it is possible to read through all of your emails in the trial, and you may find that this is enough for you.