How to Retrieve Deleted Emails from Outlook PST File?

Updated October 6, 2023

Have you accidentally deleted your emails, contacts, notes, or other items from Microsoft Outlook PST (Personal Storage Table) file? Do you need the emails that you deleted from PST file to decrease the size of PST file? Well, it can happen to any Outlook user. In such situations, a complete and valid backup of your PST file proves to be of great help. You can easily restore deleted emails and other data from backup and prevent data loss situations. However, if the backup is either not available or not updated, serious data loss situations occur and you need deleted email recovery to sort out the problem.

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Possibility of Recovery:

The good news is that the deleted or lost emails and other Outlook objects are completely recoverable. When you deleted any item using Shift + Del key combination or by emptying the ‘Deleted Items’ folder, it does not get removed permanently. It is still recoverable using appropriate tools and mechanisms.

When you delete an email from your system, it remains physically intact. The operating system does not have any way to find out the location of the email. The mail is deleted from the index of PST file. Thus, Microsoft Outlook can not locate the file due to missing file pointer.

Take Quick Action:

When you unintentionally remove any item from your Outlook PST file, you should take quick action to increase the chances of successful recovery. The more your work on affected PST file, the more you increase the chances of data overwriting and permanent data loss.

Windows hard drive constantly overwrites the files to free up disk space and to store new data. If the drive is full and it does not have enough free space to write new data, it can overwrite the deleted emails.

Restore From Backup:

Creating backup and regularly updating it is the best way to safeguard data against loss. It helps you to recover deleted emails in case of any disaster.

If Backup is not Available:

If you do not have complete backup of your Outlook PST file, the problem can become quite serious and difficult to handle. At this point, deleted mail recovery softwares come for your help. You can use any software for backup purpose. Just google it and you will find collection of free and paid softwares.


  • sreejith arakkan

    Is there any free software available?

    • infostellar

      Hi sreejith arakkan,

      Sorry for late reply !

      There is no free tool available in the market. Although there are many third party tools exist in the market but they have free demo version. If you want to download a free demo version of Stellar Phoenix Deleted Email recovery software, you may visit here:

      Axel Culver

  • Bilal Ahmad

    kbharath@ Welcome to the community.

  • hey nice share dude, this will help many professionals

  • kbharath

    yes as you said there are lot of backup softwares for recovering mails etc….i am also using outlook in office for business purpose i have lot of important mails, still now i have lost most of mails whenever my PC gets virus attack, so as you said i have to take the backup frequently.

    • infostellar

      Hi Kbharath,

      If you do not have backup of your outlook pst, the problem can become quite serious and difficult to handle yourself and to resolve the issue you need some third party tool like Stellar Phoenix Deleted email recovery software to recover deleted emails.

      If you use Stellar phoenix deleted email recovery software, there is no need to take backup of your pst file. It will help to recover 100 % data of ms outlook.

      axel culver

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