Microsoft Outlook also known as MS Outlook, email client and personal information manager which comes with Microsoft Office. OST is the short form for Offline Storage Table which has been created by Microsoft Outlook. OST files stores all the offline work and whenever the Outlook goes online all the information gets updated online. The server is automatically synced regularly and you can work in offline mode. It helps you work when the network connection or server is very slow or vulnerable. In this post, we will tell you how to delete Ost files, reduce the size of ost file and recover them.
To delete ost file you must make sure that the MS outlook is closed.
Step 1. Now to delete ost file, click on the start button and then type ‘Run’ in the search bar. The Run program appears in the search list. Click on it to open it.
Step 2. Once you click on “Run”, the run window appears. Enter the address in the following format to locate the .ost file in your system as shown below.
Step 3. Once you click on ‘OK’, a new screen appears which opens up the file destination where the .ost file is present as shown below.
Step 4.To delete ost file, select the file by clicking on it and then press the ‘Delete’ button. A notification appears asking ‘Are you sure you want to delete the file?’ as shown below. Click on the ‘Yes’ option and the file gets deleted. Now you delete ost files succesfully on your computer. However, what if you don't want to delete ost file but reduce the size? On the part 2, we will decuss more.
Earlier versions of MS outlook had a predefined file size limit as 2GB, but fortunately from MS Outlook 2007 onwards the size limit has been increased to 20 GB. However it is necessary because your .ost files are from time to time so that the size does not become excessively large.
Size of the .ost file can be reduced with the help of Mailbox cleanup tool which is one of the features from MS Outlook.
If you delete ost. files by accident, then we will need to restor them with the help of data recovery tools. Here is a quick guide to recover deleted or lost .ost file.
Step 1 Free download and install Recoverit file recovery on your computer. Launch it and select a data recovery mode, please select "Deleted Files Recovery" mode to help you retrieve deleted .OST files.
Step 2 Please select a location where your lost your data and click on "Start" button to scanning lost ost files.
Step 3 It will start a quick scan to search your lost .ost files, you can simply preview some recoverable files. If you cannot find your files, you can go to scan agian with "All-Around Recovery" mode to search more files. While it will take more time than quick scan.
Step 4 Once the search has been completed the list of all deleted .ost, .pst etc. files appears in the screen. Select the .ost file which you want to save and then click on the "Recover" option present at the bottom.