Split Outlook Large PST files Quickly

Scanpst Error: An Error Occurred Which Caused The Scan To Be Stopped

Oversizing or having a large PST file issue is certainly not a new thing or issue that cannot be denied. Especially if talked about the older versions like Outlook 97 to Outlook 2002 that have the ANSI format to store the files. The limitations with the older version is that you cannot store more than 2GB of items in a certain PST file in Outlook. If the file limit is crossed, you get to confront several error messages. However, one can run the inbuilt utility called Scanpst.exe or the Inbox repair tool to fix those error but this very tool is made to repair files with size less than 2GB. If it is above that, Scanpst generally fails to solve the problem and in turn gives out error message like this one.

"An error has occurred which caused the scan to be stopped. No changes have been made to the scanned file."


This error message simply implies that the Inbox repair tool is not the permanent solution when it comes to oversized pst file repair. However, don't think that this failure happens only in the previous versions but there are situations also when you have a large PST file issue in the newer versions as well. Apart from an oversized pst file size issue, corruption in the PST file can also happen to be one of the lethal causes for an error has occurred error in Outlook.

What to do when Scanpst.exe fails

As mentioned the main reason for the an error occurred which caused the scan to be stopped in Outlook is the failure of Scanpst due to a large PST file which is out of its repair range. So the very first thing you ought to do is to reduce pst file size and then run Scanpst.exe to built the file. In order to do this, you can either try out the manual solution like archiving the corrupt file, drag and drop some items from the big file to a separate new PST file or you can use the 2GB truncation utility that is PST2GB.exe inbuilt tool to do this.

If in the case PST file you are trying to compress is heavily damaged or corrupted due to which the error is appearing, the above solution will probably not be beneficial to use because it will yield out no good results. For such instances, a wise solution is to opt for a third party Split pst software. With such effective and read only tools, you have to do nothing expect sitting and watching the tool fix an error occurred which caused the scan to be stopped error in PST very easily in no time.