Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair v4.5 Review

The PST recovery utility is part of their recovery software fleet and can be purchased from their website. To sum up the whole, Outlook PST Repair is a very simple, very easy to use and one of the most powerful Outlook PST recovery utility for Windows out there.

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Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair v4.5 Review

If you are using Microsoft Outlook as your primary email client for all your personal and professional emails, then taking frequent backups of the PST file is very much essential. Unlike individual DBX files each for inbox, outbox, sent items etc. in Microsoft Outlook Express, a PST file is a single archive created by Microsoft Outlook that contains every email, individual mail folders, contacts, calendar etc. Corruption of the file due to hard drive errors or a virus attack can ruin this single PST file and all your important emails and contacts. In such an event, the only rescue can be a previously taken backup or a recovery utility. This is where Stellar Phoenix comes in very handy with its PST repair utility—Outlook PST Repair. 

Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair v4.5 Review

Built-in feature to search for the PST file on the PC

 

 

The recovery utility is a very simple tool that can repair and recover emails from damaged PST files within minutes. The user interface is very simple—all one needs to do is enter the path of the PST archive file and start the recovery process. After a few minutes (depending on the size and damage of the file and the speed of your PC), the utility will list out the entire contents of the PST file. If you don’t know where the Outlook PST file is residing, the utility also features a built-in search tool to help you find it, as the file is embedded deep within the system folders for its safety. The utility then highlights all the data content available within the PST file and you can choose to either recover or save each email folder/contacts or the entire data in a new PST file. The data or contents from this new repaired/recovered PST file can then be imported to your existing Outlook client. Sadly, the utility has a small weakness—it bypasses any password given to the PST file, which either could be a good option (if you lost your password) or can be a cause of a security concern. Usually, the data recovery of the PST file is done by the user or Admin himself. But if your PST file is somehow stolen, the data can be easily opened by anyone.

the utility is fast enough, but it finally depends on file size and system speed

The utility is fast enough, but it finally depends on file size and system speed

 

 

The utility does not have any registration or serial key to run the license, but works on a hardware key, which is a USB dongle. When you start the utility, it hunts for the USB dongle on the PC and gets the required licensing for the application. You need to keep the dongle plugged in to run the utility till you save your data. Using the utility is very much simple and can be carried out even by novice users at home or office. Simply plug in the USB key or dongle, install the application and run it. Select the Outlook PST file or search for it using the "Find Outlook file" button and when done, hit the "Start button". The utility then starts working on the file and after a while, lists the entire contents on the screen. In the window, thereafter, you can search for the required email, contact, note, task or calendar schedule and save the entire PST file and import it back to the existing Outlook email client. Using the standard scanning will help you recover almost 95 percent of your data. The utility also has an advanced scanning mode which can be run only after the standard scanning has been completed. In this mode, you can get deeper scanning done on the damaged PST file in case you are not able to recover the data you are looking for. Do note that the recovery of data is limited to the amount of damage caused to the file. PST files damaged due to physical bad sectors on the hard drive and incomplete copying of the PST file are not guaranteed.

Data available for recovery is listed at the end. You may click through each email and confirm

Data available for recovery is listed at the end. You may click through each email and confirm

 

 

A demo version can be downloaded from the Stellar website and is free to use. In the demo version, you can have your damaged PST file inspected on your PC to see its entire contents and make sure the recovery is possible. To save the data, you will need to purchase the same. The software is compatible with Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Outlook up to version 2010.

Save individual folders or the repaired entire PST file.

Save individual folders or the entire repaired PST file

 

 

If you lose the hardware USB key dongle or damage it, you will need to write to Stellar for a new one (for a cost, of course) or for a replacement. If the software disc is damaged, then you can write to them and obtain a link for the download of the utility.  

 

Verdict

 Recovery products from Stellar Phoenix are definitely powerful and the results are pretty promising. The company is completely into hardcore data recovery providing solutions on both software and hardware levels. The PST recovery utility is part of its recovery software fleet and can be purchased from its website. To sum up the whole, Outlook PST Repair is very simple, very easy to use and one of the most powerful Outlook PST recovery utility for Windows out there. For a price tag of $129 (approximately Rs 7,800), users might feel the pinch, but the utility is definitely a life saver in case you have some important emails to be fished out of the damaged database.

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