PST is an Outlook data file that stores copies of mails, calendars, contacts and other items in email client Outlook. Out of this Outlook is widely used email client in Windows Operating System and it stores crucial data as PST files (Personal storage table). Outlook is user friendly and reliable email client but sometimes due to number of reasons its Outlook data file become inaccessible. It starts getting an error message Outlook .pst could not be found, this error means Outlook cannot find PST file that has been previously used.
The raised error appears if Outlook delivers mail directly to Outlook (.pst) and if one of the following given below condition is true:
Firsty, we want to clear that .pst files were never designed to be a network based solution. Although, it is possible to specify a network location for Outlook PST files. But it is recommended for you that you should not use .pst files over a LAN or WAN network because the use of .pst files in this situation may result in a corrupted Outlook data files if the network connection goes out.
If you changed your .pst file location, re-locate it and open via Microsoft Outlook.
If Outlook data file get inaccessible due to corruption then it is recommended to use Outlook in-built utility as a first step to repair file. Inbox repair tool scans the PST file and then analyze the structure integrity. This utility is available free of cost as it is automatically installed on computer when Outlook is install.
Steps to work with Scanpst.exe
Note: If the above method fails to repair Outlook data file then move to an third party Outlook PST Recovery.