just recently the whole of my outlook inbox disappeared.. Sent items/deleted items etc were all ok. I checked the .pst files and found an outlook pst file of 293mb.. So it looks like all the data is there. However, when i try to open this file (in outlook/open outlook data file) all i get is my standard outlook display, with no items in it. Just to check this file had something in it, and it wasn't just a blank file with a big space allocation, i opened it in notepad, and though the contents were hieroglyphic, i can tell there is a lot of data in there.
so.. i tried to run "detect & repair" but it comes up with a message saying M3561404.CAB file is missing and asks me to insert the installation CD. Fine - i do that, but it still says it can't find that file, even though, if i open the CD manually i can see it there. Any suggestions as to how to get at the info in the pst file? Do i need to pay for 3rd party software & if i do, is it guaranteed to work? If i uninstall/reinstall office might i then be able to repair the file? If i do that what will happen to all my current outlook items & contacts? I'm running MS Office 2003 & XP pro atm & i'm not running MS Exchange..