Outlook .tmp files

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KiltedScot

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Outlook 2007
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I was using Outlook 2007, with several .pst files open. Outlook crashed, and closed. When I loaded it back up, one of my .pst folders wasn't open. So exited Outlook and looked at the folder containing the .pst files. The folder that was missing appeared as a .tmp file. I've tried to open it from within Outlook but this didn't work. I then tried to rename it as a .pst file and open it. However, this didn't work either. I've tried running it through ScanPST, but after some time processing, it tells me that it isn't a valid .pst file.

So, is there any way to get the e-mails / file open?

Duncs
 

Cathy Rhone

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Exchange Server 2010
Outlook creates temp files for the pst files it opens and the temp won't be closed when it crashes so the temp files itself is not unusual. Are you sure that is the folder where the pst was stored?
 

KiltedScot

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Outlook 2007
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POP3
The temp file is definitely in the same folder as my other .pst files. I can't find any other temp file, located anywhere else on the drive. So I can only guess that the one I am looking at is the temp one that has been created.
 

larry

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You'd want to look for a pst file, not a tmp file. Search for *.pst and use the setting to search hidden files and folders.
 

KiltedScot

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My only problem with that Larry is that the .pst file is 0 bytes in size. So, I can't do anything with it.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Office 365 Exchange
It sounds like the pst is gone. It's really weird because, while crashing can corrupt a pst, it shouldn't destroy a pst completely. The file size would remain the same but the data would not be accessible. It sounds like it could be a ghost pst that outlook created when it couldn't find the other pst.

The tmp file is just a working temp, it's not your missing pst. Sorry.
 
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