In my last post I wrote that I was comparing two third-party tools that are used to search and index Outlook content; Lookeen and Xobni.
DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THESE TOOLS!!
After I was done testing them and uninstalled them cleanly, they each corrupted my Outlook.pst file in two different ways… and the
SCANPST.EXE tool (shipped with Office 12) does not fix the corruption. I even tried Advanced Outlook Recovery and it couldn’t fix the damage either.
I replayed the damage from a clean, previously scanned version of a .pst file before and after installing, running and uninstalling these tools, and the corruption is reproducable (and produces an unusable, unrecoverable file).
Now I have to blow away the damaged .pst file and start from clean backups, restoring from my data exports. The data in my main “Personal Store” (.pst) file goes back 10 years, and has over 11,000 entries in it. Recovery is not a simple process.
I repeat: DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THESE TOOLS!!