How to Recover Deleted Emails from Outlook

How Hard Deleting of Emails arise in Microsoft Outlook?

PST (Personal storage table) is the file format which is used to store Outlook data (message, calendar, contacts and other Outlook items). Although you delete emails, contacts or any other file items from Outlook these emails are shifted to "Deleted Items Folder" and this entire process called soft deletion. The soft deleted items of MS-Outlook can be entirely recovered or restored by smooth dragging or shifting those emails from the "Deleted Items Folder" to fascinating folder.

Whenever you delete the item using "Shift+Delete" it does not move to the "Deleted Items Folder" and this processing is known as "Hard Deletion" and the permanently lost data is also known as the hard deleted items of Outlook.

How would you recover permanently deleted emails from Outlook in case you are using Outlook in a Stand-alone mode?

While working on MS-Outlook in the stand-alone mode there is no chance to recover the permanently deleted emails back and the noted illusion about "scanpst.exe" that ensure scanpst.exe or Inbox Repair Utility (a free inbuilt of MS-Outlook) also comprise of permanently deleted emails of Outlook which is absolutely wrong. There is a single scheme or workaround which can anyway benefit users to recover these types of "Shift+Delete" or by mistake hard deleted items from Outlook which is also related to Microsoft Outlook with an Exchange server. In case user is connected to an exchange server next there is intermediate to react to the forever lost data with the help of "Dumpster" features. Mentioned feature remains in Exchange which accumulates the Outlook data after its hard deletion from Outlook for a confined time period which is called "Retention Period".

It possible to recover deleted emails from Outlook using Hex Editor and scanpst.exe tool?

As previously discussed above that "Scanpst.exe" or Inbox Repair Utility is a free inherent tool which is provided by Microsoft Outlook. It is throughout a prime choice to repair Outlook PST file but it is not a prime solution to get back the hard deleted items of MS-Outlook. To persuade and justify the fact that "Does scanpst.exe actually recovers the permanently deleted items emails of Outlook or not”?

We have shown a practical demo to recover the deleted items with the help of HEX Editor. In the given analysis we will first delete the content of PST files with the help of Hex Editor and then attempt to recover them by "scanpst.exe" which distinctly shows you that "scanpst.exe" is not just a substitute to recover the hard deleted items within MS-Outlook.

Follow the steps given below to examine and judge that it is really working on the capability of "scanpst.exe" or not:

  • Make a twin copy of Outlook PST file.
  • Open Hex Editor (Download Hex Editor).
  • Open PST file with Hex Editor from which you need to recover emails.
  • Delete the location of 7 through 13 with the help of space bar. In the Hexadecimal system this process even deletes 13 characters at the following positions:
  • 00007, 00008, 00009, 0000a, 0000b, 0000c, 0000d, 0000e, 0000f, 00010, 00011, 00012, 00013.
  • (When you clear a position using spacebar the editor presents the value "20" each time.)


  • Selects the value start from 07 to next 13 values. Go to » Edit » File Selection » Ok
  • This activity will exchange all values to 00.
  • After spacing these positions save PST file. Now you have corrupted PST file.
  • Run scanpst.exe tool.
  • Browse corrupt PST file and scan.
  • Repair PST.
  • Now open PST file and check deleted items.

Switching to the third-party software such as PST Repair Tool to solve the chances of losing data even if you are facing the synopsis of Hard Deletion. This recovery solution is composed with the facilitated algorithm which makes the recovery of hard deleted items manageable without any kind of modification in the primary file.

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