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How to Restore Lost Contacts from Outlook 2010 PST

MS Outlook 2010 allows you to store the contacts that you require for your personal and professional work. You can easily add, move  or delete your contacts as per your requirements on Outlook 2010. Consider a practical scenario where, you were moving your contacts to some other folder saved on the hard drive of your system. However, when the move process was in progress, the system froze and the process halted in between. When you booted your computer and attempted to access the contacts, they could not be accessed. The main cause for this issue is that, your computer was infected by fatal viruses that froze your system. An ideal way to overcome such scenarios and to access your lost contacts from Outlook 2010 is by restoring them from an updated backup. If in case, you have not maintained any backup then you need to use relevant Outlook PST recovery software to restore your lost contacts from Outlook 2010.

Microsoft Outlook 2010 stores, manages and organizes contact information of people. A single file called as distribution list is able to store and manage contact information of a group of people. These distribution lists and contact files are stored in Outlook’s contacts folder. The contacts folder in Outlook 2010 is same as address book, which is one of Outlook’s default folders. You can store different type of information in contacts folder like telephone number, residential address, email address, website address, notes and company name etc. You can also upload a picture with each individual contact record. Outlook 2010 also facilitates business card for that particular contact. You can create, edit, delete, print and group the contacts. You can also associate one or more contacts with the specific categories. MS Outlook 2010 is also able to access contacts from your Personal Address Book (PAB) and Global Address Book (GAB), which is maintained by the exchange server. The whole contact folder is in turn stored in a data file called as PST (Personal Storage File) file.

The PST file is a simple database, which is stored on your computer’s hard disk. Along with contacts, PST file also stores emails, calendar items, notes, tasks, journals, etc. Sometimes, due to PST file corruption, you may lose contacts. MS Outlook may also get corrupted while  switching from one version of Outlook to another or from one Operating system to other Operating system. Sometimes, your system hard drive may get corrupted due to virus attack, power problems or improper system shutdown. In such case, the PST file which is stored on your hard disk may also get corrupted resulting in loss of contacts and other attributes of Outlook.

In such situation, you can use the inbuilt Inbox repair tool also known as Scanpst.exe to repair corrupted PST file. Sometimes, this scanpst.exe may not be able to repair every PST file. First, scanpst.exe repairs PST file’s header. If it does not understand any attribute, then it will delete anything from the PST file resulting further loss of Outlook attributes, which may also include contacts. Therefore, always make a backup of PST file. If you don’t have a backup then you need to use third party recovery software to recover lost contacts from Outlook 2010.

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Outlook PST recovery software helps you to recover password protected PST file from Outlook. This software is able to recover lost contacts from corrupted PST file, which is highly encrypted. This software is capable to restore Outlook data lost from oversized PST files such as contacts, calendar entries, notes, tasks, journals and all the other attributes of Outlook that are stored in it. Thus, with the help of this software you can easily restore emails erased from Outlook PST. The most remarkable feature of this software is that the recovered data is stored in a new PST file format in order to ensure safety of the source PST file. It can repair corrupted PST file created on Outlook 2007 as well as on Outlook 2010, 2003 and 2000. This tool is able to repair PST file that cannot be repaired using inbuilt Inbox Repair Tool i.e. Scanpst.exe. Apart from all this, you can also use this softare to repair Outlook OST file without facing any complications. It supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, Windows Server 2003 and 2008. You can download the free trial version of this recovery software and evaluate the recovery results.

Follow the steps given below to restore lost contacts from Outlook 2010:

Step 1: Download and Install the free version of this software and launch it by clicking on the desktop icon to recover data from Outlook PST. The main window will appear on your computer screen with three different options - "Open PST File", "Find PST File" and "Select Outlook Profile" as shown in Figure 1.

Software to Restore Lost Contacts from Outlook 2010 PST - Main Screen

Figure 1 : Welcome Screen

Step 2: If you hav clicked on Oen PST File option then a window will appear related to this particular option. You need to click on "Browse" button in order to open your corrupted PST file for repairing process. Once the file gets uploaded, click on "Next" button as shown in Figure 2.

Software to Restore Lost Contacts from Outlook 2010 PST - File selection window

Figure 2 : Open and upload corrupted PST file

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Step 3: After this, select either "Normal Scan" or "Smart Scan" button according to your needs and select destination location to store repaired PST file then click on "Repair" button to start repair process as shown in Figure 3.

Software to Restore Lost Contacts from Outlook 2010 PST - Scanning method and Destination location selection window

Figure 3 : Scanning method and PST repaired file storing location selectiion screen-shot

Step 4: Once the repair process is completed, you can view repaired PST file and recovered Outlook attributes as shown in Figure 4.

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Figure 4 : PST repaired file previewing screen-shot

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