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    Outlook 2010 PST keeps corrupting

    We have one user of standalone Office 2010 here (we don't have exchange). The pst is in a folder on her home drive around 500Mb in size.

    When it was originally setup for her, we got it working with no problems. She used it successfully for a few days and then we started getting messages that the .pst was corrupted. Last night we recovered the .pst, got it all working... and shut down. This morning, I told her 'it's fine' and she logged on, clicked on Outlook and it has blown out again... same message, .pst is corrupt.

    Any ideas please?

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    Have you checked the disk for errors? And are you using the PST Scan Tool to fix the PST file?

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    Ooops. Forgot to include the link to scanpst.exe in Outlook 2010: Fix Outlook 2010 Problem: PST File Repair Tool

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    I had this a while ago and it was a corrupt sector on the disk in the middle of the .pst file fixed by running scandisk working fine after that

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    The disk (the server) is fine. And yes I am using ScanPST to fix it. I've googled a bit and the only suggested solution I've foiund so far is to put the .pst on the local hard drive which isn't a great idea as it won't be backed up.

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    Corrupted PSTs were the bane of my life before we got an Exchange Server. Every week, without fail, there would be some staff who had corrupted their PSTs. I am so glad I no longer have to deal with this any more since recovering the lost e-mails or restoring the PSTs from backup took a disproportionate amount of time.

    There's a good reason Microsoft don't support PSTs stored on the network...

    Network Stored PST files ... don't do it! Ask the Performance Team

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    Ah, I didn't twig that you were hosting the PST remotely. Bit of a no-no that one I'm afraid.

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    PITA or what?! Outlook 2003 has been chugging along fine on the network for years. Why'd they have to break it?

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    Its never been supported I'm afraid running LAN based PSTs, I've had it with most versions of Outlook

    However you could do what I have done in the past, store it locally and then do a logoff script for that PC that just copys the folder called PSTs from the C Drive (assuming you store it there) back to a share on the LAN works well for me

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    If you install Microsoft's Personal Folders Backup add-in, Outlook will automatically copy their PST to a folder on your network as soon as they click the close button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    If you install Microsoft's Personal Folders Backup add-in, Outlook will automatically copy their PST to a folder on your network as soon as they click the close button.
    That indeed is also a good thing assuming it pops up, Outlook can take a while to close nicely and thus free up the PST and thus not always spawn that in 2010 (I know as I use that here to copy my monster PST to my NAS weekly)

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