After installing PST Walker, locate a Microsoft Outlook .pst or
Microsoft Exchange .ost file on the hard drive of your PC.
You have two options when opening a file: "Like Microsoft Outlook" and "Extensive Scan". The extensive scan option will allow you to recover data from a damaged or a corrupted file but takes longer to load depending on file size. Try both options and compare.
When the .pst file opens, you'll think you're looking at your email program! All of your contact information, email files and folder, and calendar information is present.
If you want to view several emails at once in separate windows, select several messages and click "Selected Items" from the View tab on the menu. Numerous messages can be selected using the standard ctrl-left click and shift-left click commands.
PST Walker also lets you save any attachments that are on your emails. Select the email of your choice that has an attachment you wish to save, and select "Save Attachments" from the "File" menu button. Attachments can be opened by double-click as well.
Having all of your email available isn't really worthwhile if you can't find
what you want. Fortunately, PST Walker has a great search function.
Input the search query you want in the search box and click "Enter". In the example used below, "March", was used in the search field. After the search is performed, only matching entries are displayed.
Click "x" to clear the search results and show the contents of the entire folder.
To enable advanced search select "Enable boolean search" under "Tools->Search Options...". Boolean search is a type of search allowing you to broaden, limit, and define your search.
Using AND narows a search by combining terms; it will retrieve emails that use both the search terms you specify, as in this example:
Using OR broadens a search to include results that contain either of the words you type in.
Using NOT will narrow a search by excluding certain search terms.
You can always combine multiple search strategies to focus your search to ensure that you find just the emails you want. Here are some examples of more complex searches.
With "Bulk Save As" under File menu you can convert Outlook 97-2007 .pst files to MSG files. There are three options to save:
And two options for titles: item subject and incremental numeric Id.
Have a lot .pst files to repair, but process requires more manual intervention than you want?
Automate it with command line options.
pstwalker.exe [filename] [/E[:msg|umsg|eml] [/Name[:Id|EntryId|Subject]] [/PATH:dest folder] [/FullScan] [/HardDeleted] [/HardDeletedOnly]]
|filename||Specifies the files to open/process. A filename mask can be applied,
|/E||Bulk extract messages to
msg - .msg file format
umsg - unicode .msg file format
eml - .eml(rfc 822) file format
|/Name||Naming style for the saved messages
Id - incremental Id
EntryId - PR_ENTRYID (unique message identifier)
Subject - message subject
|/PATH||Specifies destination folder for bulk extracted messages|
|/FullScan||Extensive scan (to recover data from a damaged or a corrupted .pst, .ost files)|
|/HardDeleted||Find 'hard deleted' and 'orphaned' items|
|/HardDeletedOnly||Export only 'hard deleted' and 'orphaned' items|
Sort, arrange and group your email files and messages in a way that's helpful to you. For example, group by the name of the sender or the recipient and sort by the date of the email message, its size, and other options.
Need to access orphan ost file and recover emails from an OST file? We have a leg up. PST Walker is a portable OST Viewer and email recovery software for Microsoft Exchange (.ost) files. View, search and print email messages without connection to Microsoft Exchange.
Find hidden Outlook rules and alerts using MAPI properties. Export Outlook rules and alerts to rwz files. Import rules and alerts into Outlook. Supports corrupted, damaged, orphan, protected pst and ost files.
Accidentally and permanently deleted folder in Outlook? Recover deleted folder (and all its emails, messages, contacts) in Outlook with PST Walker recovery tool. Supports both PST file recovery and OST file recovery.
Boolean search, Excel-like filtering, instant search. Supports any .pst and .ost files: corrupted, orpah, archive, password protected and encrypted files. Export search results to numerous formats. MAPI properties explorer.
Import pst wizard is disabled for Outlook in Thunderbird version 38 and newer versions. An alternative to Thunderbird's import wizard is PST Walker tool to convert pst to mbox and ost to mbox or eml format.
Email messages contain numerous metadata fields (MAPI properties) that can be useful for digital forensic analysis of emails. This article explore a few methods on how to gather and analyze data related to email investigation and forensic analysis.
This guide explains boolean search operators, functions and wildcards (AND, OR, NOT, ALL, ATLEASTONE, NEITHER, NOTALL, ?, *)