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If you depend on Microsoft’s Outlook, a good recovery tool can save the day if things go wrong. DataNumen’s Advanced Outlook Repair 3.0 can recover email, folders, appointments, tasks, and anything else that holds your critical data in Outlook’s Personal files (PST). AOR supports recovery of attachments, embedded objects, encrypted and password-protected PST files, and deleted Outlook items. It can handle immense files, which protects against obsolescence.
To use AOR, you must have Outlook installed as your default e-mail client. AOR’s dialog-based interface is so intuitive that the fully indexed Help file seems almost superfluous. Tabs access Repair, Batch Repair, and Options, the latter offering an Advanced Options field in addition to the common settings, all clearly labeled. There are browse and search icons for both source and destination directories; we navigated to an older saved PST file that wouldn’t open after upgrading from a 32-bit to a 64-bit OS. We chose to use AOR’s Auto Determined Format feature, though you can enter specific Outlook versions in the format combo box. Clicking Repair displayed a log in the main window and activated a progress bar that displayed AOR’s quick work fixing the file, which subsequently opened fine in Outlook: Totally easy. Recommended for any Microsoft Outlook user.
Editor’s note: This is a review of the full version of Advanced Outlook Repair 3.0. The demo version will output a fixed PST file containing all the recovered messages and other items, with the actual contents in them filled with a demo information.