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How to fix "The file Outlook.pst is not a personal folders file" error message from Outlook ?

Are you getting the following error messages while importing a .pst file in Outlook ?


This error indicates that outlook is not able to recognize your .pst file. PST stands for personal storage table which is essential file for outlook. Outlook uses this file as a database for storing and retrieving various data like emails, messages, contacts, journals, notes etc. It is also necessary to keep a backup of PST File for retrieving data in the situation of any corruption. But when you go for importing your PST back file, the outlook does not recognize your file and raises “The file Outlook.pst is not a personal folders file” error messages.

How to fix "The file Outlook.pst is not a personal folders file" error message?

There are some important tips are mentioned below. Apply them and get rid of this error message.

  1. Outlook requires full read/write permission on .pst file. Several times user tries to import .pst file from CD/DVD that stores data in read-only mode. In this situation outlook does not make appropriate connection with PST file and raises the error. You must copy the PST file in your hard drive or in Document folder and uncheck its read-only attribute from properties.
  2. Don't import PST file. Once you stored your PST file in hard drive then call it by the appropriate method. In order to connect with your PST File click File -> Open -> Outlook Data File.
  3. Use scanpst.exe to check any PST file errors. You can find it on your hard drive. It automatically gets installed when outlook gets installed on PC. After scanning your PST file with this tool you will be able to call it in your Outlook.

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