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How to Recover Hard Deleted Emails?

MS Outlook, a frequently and highly used email client by Windows OS users has its own features due to which it is famous worldwide for emailing. Apart from its fruitful facilities, it has some pitfalls due to which users get frustrated. Data deletion, .pst corruption, improper functions, virus attack, and many more concerns over there due to which PST files become inaccessible. If we will talk about deletion of Outlook files then it is also a foreseen issue to bother Outlook users many times. How to recover permanently deleted emails from Outlook, this query really irritates Outlook users. This article will help you to set a workaround for resolving this issue.

Is There Any Hope Of Hard Deleted Data Recovery?

Yes, if PST file is still not compacted. Now you should get an idea what is PST file compacting. Once you have deleted a particular item from a PST file, the vacant space will be treated as white space. After a certain time when PST gets stuffed with such white spaces then Outlook automatically performs PST file compaction. For the same, your computer should be in idle mode and Outlook should be in running mode.

When the PST file gets compacted then, white space moves back to the hard disk for further usage and it further offers a PST with reduced size. Or you can say it is overwriting of blank white space of PST that one can perform using ‘Compact Now’ option of Outlook. Compacting is the technique with which we can make unusable disk space to usable so, the process is simply to welcome more data for storage.

Workout For Reviving Permanently Deleted PST Data

As we have discussed about possibility to recover permanently deleted data like emails from Outlook and it can be done so, now here we will disclose a relevant way to recover hard deleted data from PST files

Scanpst.exe and Hex Editor Can Recover Permanently Deleted Outlook Emails

NOTE: It is suggested you to create backup of your .pst file before starting the recovery process of deleted emails. The file is basically located in the "C:\docuemnts and settings\user\local settings\application data\Outlook" folder. For other versions, you can check .pst file location here.

After backing up your Outlook data file, follow given below steps:

  • Open .pst file via Hex Editor (Download Hex Editor) from which you want to recover deleted emails.
  • Delete the position 7 through 13 with the space bar. In the Hexadecimal system, this process actually 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 displays the value "20" each time.)
    Select the value start from 07 to next 13 values. Go to » Edit » File Selection » Ok
  • This action will replace all values to 00
  • After clearing these positions, save PST file. Now, you are ready to use scanpst.exe tool to scan .pst file.
  • Run scanpst.exe tool
  • Browse .pst file and scan
  • Repair PST
  • Now open PST file and check deleted items.


If you have still any doubt or query, feel free to comment.