Restore Permanently Deleted Email Outlook 2003

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I have by mistake deleted some emails and then permanently deleted them from

my Deleted Items folder.

I don't have a Microsoft Exchange Server e-mail account, so I can't do the

fix described at

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA011165281033.aspx or related

fixes. This is on a stand alone computer.

My understanding is that the .pst file still has the permanently deleted

emails until the file is compressed, and a leading character, etc. has been

altered so they appear permanently deleted. How to restore in an inexpensive

way?

A suggested fix is to use a Hex Editor to alter some characters in the .pst,

re-save the .pst, and use the SCANPST file to repair what appears to be a

corrupted .pst, which will cause the Permanently Deleted emails to be

repaired and then show up in Deleted Items.

Problem is that, after I tried this and re-saved, SCANPST gives an error

message that it doesn't recognize the re-saved file as a proper .pst file so

it will not work on it.

Are there any step by step suggestions as how to make the Hex Editor fix

work? Alternatively, are there any other workarounds to restore the

Permanently Deleted Emails, without having to buy a specialized program to do

the restoration?

Thanks for your help.
 

Brian Tillman

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"Tenacity9" <Tenacity9> wrote in message

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> A suggested fix is to use a Hex Editor to alter some characters in the .pst,
> re-save the .pst, and use the SCANPST file to repair what appears to be a
> corrupted .pst, which will cause the Permanently Deleted emails to be
> repaired and then show up in Deleted Items.

> Problem is that, after I tried this and re-saved, SCANPST gives an error
> message that it doesn't recognize the re-saved file as a proper .pst file so
> it will not work on it.


See if this helps:

http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/restoredeleteditemsfromanoutlookpst.htm

Start making regular backups and this will no longer be an issue.

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