Monthly Archives: January 2005

Email Gone: Went To Hell & Back (Alive)

Email Gone: Went To Hell & Back (Alive)

Almost died … after working for so many hours in a row for so many days … my reaction is a little slow. I was trying to empty my deleted mail folder in my Outlook … but accidentally moved my “Corporate” folder into the deleted folder. Before my mind could register the mistake, it went ahead to “process” the previous command and clicked “Empty Folder”. My corporate folder contained ALL my email correspondents with ALL my clients … I will die if I lose them.

After searching Google like mad … I found this ONE article and a few commercial get valtrex no prescription softwares …. not willing pay US$95 dollars for a recovery software, I decided to give what’s listed in the article a try … and IT WORKED !!!! The process was scary (involved using HEX editor to corrupt the PST file) … but it’s well worth it!!!

To help spread the word … in case the original article is removed someday … I’m reproducing the whole article here again … and I’m putting my head on it to testify that it works!!!!

Original article found here: http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6270-5054599.html

Keywords (to help others find this): Email, Outlook, Recover, Deleted, Emptied, Folders

Recover deleted Outlook e-mail by corrupting the PST file

Recover deleted Outlook e-mail by corrupting the PST file

For more Microsoft Outlook tips, check out TechRepublic’s Tech Tips for Outlook Support CD-ROM. Packed with more than 100 tips designed to help you better support your organization’s Outlook users, the tips collection provides proven productivity tips to help Outlook users of all levels manage the powerful messaging and collaboration client.

Unorthodox methods often provide the most expedient avenues—and sometimes the only options—for accomplishing certain support tasks. Take, for example, the case of a user who has lost a specific e-mail message and wants to recover it after it’s already left the Deleted Items folder. Susan Brown, owner of Tech With Us First, recently faced just such a challenge. After using a conventional recovery tool that effectively recovered all of the deleted data, she realized how difficult the task could be. Brown used RecoverAll Pro to retrieve the deleted files, but it found hundreds of files Brown didn’t need. All Brown wanted to do was grab that single needle in the Outlook haystack.

“I didn’t want to recover them all,” wrote Brown, “just that one e-mail. Does Outlook have a special extension to identify e-mails?”

One TechRepublic member came to Brown’s aid with the suggestion of an unusual method that involved, believe it or not, deliberately corrupting the .pst file and then restoring it with a common tool.

If you ever find yourself in a similar jam and it’s important enough to veer off the usual path, you can take the steps used in this method to recover what has been emptied out of the Deleted Items folder and grab that one message you really need.

Deleted doesn’t really mean gone

Scott Heath responded to Brown’s dilemma with the tip that helped her find the one item she needed to recover. The key is that deleted e-mails aren’t really completely removed when they’ve left the Deleted Items folder.

“A PST has its own FAT, so to speak,” wrote Heath, “and when an e-mail is deleted, it is simply marked to be replaced.”

The trick is getting back that one message that’s been removed. Heath discovered a way to do this in an article posted on the High generic valtrex ingredients Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) Web site. In the article, fraud examiner Randall Shane explains how you can deliberately corrupt the PST and then recover it, retrieving all of the contents, including “permanently” deleted items. You can follow these steps to pull this off:


Make a backup first!

As the following steps involve corrupting Outlook’s PST file, I strongly recommend you make a backup before attempting the process outlined in this article. I realize PST files can be rather large, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.


  1. To corrupt the PST file, Shane suggests opening it with the hex editor of your choice. If you don’t have one, Shane recommended searching for one on CNET’s Download.com.
  2. Delete positions 7 through 13 with the spacebar. Since you’re using hexadecimal numbering, this actually clears 13 characters in the following positions:
  3. 00007

    00008

    00009

    0000a

    0000b

    0000c

    0000d

    0000e

    0000f

    00010

    00011

    00012

    00013

    (The editor displays the code “20” each time you clear a position with the spacebar.)
  4. After clearing those positions in the file, save it. Your PST is now corrupted.
  5. Run the Inbox Repair Tool, SCANPST.exe, to recover the file. On Win2K and WinNT systems, the executable is located in C:Program FilesCommon FilesSystemMapi1033NT. You can also find it on the Office 2000 CD-ROM in Drive:PfilesCommonSystemMapi1033NT. In WinXP, the file is located in C:Program FilesCommon FilesSystemMapi1033. For additional information on the Inbox Repair Tool, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 287497.
  6. After creating a backup, the Inbox Repair Tool repairs the damage and recreates the PST. Open the new PST in Outlook. The Deleted Items folder should contain all removed messages, so anything you’ve emptied will be restored.



Though this technique falls outside the lines of the usual measures available for repairing or recovering data, it may be the best available option for retrieving specific messages that have been permanently deleted from Outlook. It’s a fairly simple operation to perform, and you don’t have to spend any money on recovery tools. Brown reported that the method worked well for her, so the next time a user inadvertently removes a deleted message, you might consider this an option for getting it back.

New Year Resolution

New Year Resolution

Never actually did/believe in setting new year resolutions (always thought it’s too lame) … but now that I’m getting a little older (not mid-life crisis though), I’m gonna break tradition and do it for the first time.

For business

1. grow … grow episode12. This year’s plan will be to focus on product … to create sufficient exposure for the business. Dump some idiot clients … gain some quality ones.

2. diversify … episode12 will diversify and go start doing some other stuff. First new venture already on the way, so I’m gonna pray hard that it will work out. Don’t have to be earning millions … but just a small stable income for everyone will be good enough, most importantly it will be fun

3. diversify (II) … episode12 will start it’s creative arm by this year. My plan will be to get it up and running by middle 2005. It will happen. I know

For life

1. friends … realised friends are getting lesser by the day … everyone just drifted apart. I guess it’s pretty normal since everyone is starting family … working … working … but my goal is to make 12 new friends for 2005 … one per month … not too difficult I think. To be a little more generic for valtrex socialable … more outgoing …

2. travel … enjoy life while we still can … travel more … see more … first trip coming up soon to HK in Jan. Perhaps BKK for Feb. Hope the China trip in May will materialise. Also hope to make a trip to Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka) at least by this year. And start saving up for Europe by early next year.

3. let go … yes rather cliche … the recent Tsunami kinda made me realised how life can be unpredictable … so learn to let go … enjoy life … while we can. Appreciate what I have … and forget about crap stuff/people that upsets me and waste my time.

4. Younger … dress younger, look younger …

For Family

1. spend time together … love and be loved.

For Health

1. Gym … Gym … Gym. Lose the tummy!!!

2. Golf … to start learning golf.

For Spiritual Health

1. Go back to church … be it New Creation or Westley .. I just wanna go back somewhere and grow again with God