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    recovering corrupt OST files (outlook 2000)

    Somehow, I accidently hit a key on my laptop telling outlook to synchronize with the server...unfortunately I was on an airplane!!!! Microsoft explanation is that because it couldn't sync my OST file is lost forever...especially since then the servers got attacked and we ended up selling that Microsoft Garbage product Server 2000! Anyway...can anyone suggest a cheap tool that I can use to recover this OST file? I've tried every Microsoft option but to no avail

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    Re: recovering corrupt OST files (outlook 2000)

    is it corrupt or just disconnected? i've accidently tried to sync when offline without any issues.

    to recover a disconnected ost, you need your exchange profile, you can work offline and then convert it to a pst. if the profile was deleted, you'll need to see http://www.officerecovery.com - they have a tool for ~$500.00. sorry, but data recovery isn't cheap. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    as for the attack - a properly administered Exchange server is not open to attack any more than any other mail server is. In any event, didn't the admin convert all the mailboxes to psts before removing the server?

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    Re: recovering corrupt OST files (outlook 2000)

    Did you say you got rid of your Exchange server (...we ended up selling...)? If so, there is little you can do to get your data synchronized up by means of any MS tools. The OST is "keyed" to your specific Exchange account. But maybe I don't understand.

    You can get a couple of utilities from http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/2000. Try scanpst first. It may not work, but it doesn't rely on a connection to your Exchange account. If you can connect to Exchange, try scanost. The latter is intended to fix ost corruption and to resolve differences between the Exchange account and your ost. Exchange wins. But it won't work with a badly corrupted ost. The only solution is to delete the ost and sync up a new one when you are connected to the server. That does mean you lose any work you did off line since the last sync up.

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