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How to recover permanently deleted Outlook emails

In a previous article, we showed how to backup Outlook data. In addition, we will now guide you in recoverying permanently deleted Outlook emails. By “permanently deleted” I mean emails are no longer in the trash folder of your pst file, either because you deleted them with SHIFT+DEL or because you just emptied the trash folder.

Note that the following procedure applies to local .pst files (no Exchange server), and it’s essential that the pst file has not been compressed since deletion.

The procedure is pretty straightforwarding, all you need is:

  • Outlook.pst (or any other .pst) file
  • an Hex Editor that can perform incremental read of files (since .pst are very large files). I personally recommend Free Hex Editor Neo
  • scanpst.exe, usually located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16 or C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16 for Microsoft Office 2016, C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14 for Microsoft Office 2010 and so on

Editing PST file

First of all, make a copy of your Outlook.pst file (just in case), then install Free Hex Editor Neo.


Once launched, the software will present like this (feel free to download a language pack if you are not familiar with English).


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  1. Olivia
    Monday December 17th, 2018 at 08:51 AM — Reply

    This article is unique. I thought we can,t recover those Email which is deleted by Shift+Delete. Unfortunately, I have deleted an important Email. Now I have to recover that one.

    Friday November 22nd, 2019 at 12:24 PM — Reply

    Salve in questo modo si possono recuperare email vecchie anche di più di un anno?

  3. Mario Nocera
    Thursday November 25th, 2021 at 12:48 PM — Reply

    Cosa dire complimenti. Semplice e favoloso.

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