Sometimes, you may have confronted with orphan OST file or corrupted OST file. Generally, OST file corrupts beyond the possibility of recovery or user may not want to repair the OST file. When you don't want to repair OST file or its almost becomes impossible to recover it, then you must delete corrupt OST file. There are various reasons behind, that corrupts Offline Outlook data file (.ost) or makes OST file orphan. Two major categories that causes the corruption of OST file are – Hardware reasons and software reasons.
You may have to delete offline outlook data file, if your hardware fails in saving or transferring the data of OST files, OST files will likely get corrupted. Hardware failure are mainly of three types:
There are also software related issues which corrupts OST file
There are various situations in which your important OST file gets corrupted. When it becomes very difficult to recover back the OST file or if you don’t want to recover it or no longer have use of it. It is suggested to delete corrupt OST file and free up storage memory so it can be re used. To delete Offline Outlook data file follow the instruction mentioned below
Step 1. Exit Outlook properly if it is running
Step 2. Click Start and choose Run option
Step 3. In the window that appears (Run Window) type the following command
and click OK
Step 4. An Outlook window appears, navigate to OST file that you want to delete or remove it. Right Click and select Delete option or select it and press Del key from the keyboard
The above steps describes how to delete OST file. But what if you deleted OST file and now you want it back to view OST data file. You need not to worry you can easily restore deleted OST file even if it is permanently deleted or accidentally removed from storage due to hard drive crash or any other reason.