I recently used this handy Microsoft tool to recover mail from a damaged .pst file. The tool can be used to repair the .pst file allowing you to open it with Outlook to view your archives. It has worked for me every time I encounter the dreaded error warning.

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To use it, you will need to double click on the file name: scanpst.exe. You can find it in one of its default locations, which can vary depending on the version of Office you have installed on your machine. Here are some of the possible locations in the current versions of Outlook:

Outlook 2013

32-bit C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
64-bit C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15


Outlook 2010

32-bit C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
64-bit C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14

Visit this page for more locations: MSOutlook.info

Double click scanpst.exe to open it, then browse for the pst you need to repair and click ‘Start’.

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After the tool finishes scanning the file, it will tell you if it found any errors. If it did, just click repair and it will get to work to repair the file.

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repair completed


For more information see this Microsoft page.

This message has to do with your connectivity to network drives. Check your network drives by going to “My computer” and seeing which ones are disconnected.  Double click on any disconnect drives to re-established the connection. If your connection needs your domain credentials, it will prompt you for them at this time. If you are unable to re-connect after you double click, then your share drive is down and needs to be checked by your network administrator.

Initializing to Root Folders to Display

I was looking to save the drivers out of a machine that would not boot. I needed to know which folder to backup in order to save all system drivers, thanks to Vijay’s post I was able to save 30-60 mins worth of work finding Display, Printers, and most importanly, NIC drivers.. You just make a backup of this folder, transfer it to the newly imaged HD (in my case) and point to it when updating your drivers in Computer Management.

The location of the driver store is – C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore


This is a quick run through on how to peform a backup of your hard drive using Redo – Backup & Recovery. If you are not familiar with Redo, it is a very simple yet powerfull utility use to make complete backup images of your hard drive.  It does have other features included but it is mainly use to peform backups and restores of your system, by cloning your drive and allowing you to save the image file as a backup. In case of failure or disaster you will be able to restore your system to the state it was in when the backup was taken. Redo is one one my favorite utilities to use for this purpose. For more info you can visit their website at redobackup.org.

So here it is:

STEP 1: Dowload the latest version of Redo from their website –  redobackup.org and burn the ISO to a CD.

STEP 2: Boot your machine from this CD (make sure you select the CD-ROM drive in your boot menu options or in the BIOS).

STEP3: Select ‘Start Redo Backup’ from the main screen.


STEP 4: Click on the Gears icon on the bottom left corner and select ‘Redo Backup & Recovery’. If backing up to an external hard drive make sure you have it connected to your machine now.


STEP 5:  Select ‘Backup’.


STEP 6: Select the source drive.


STEP 7: Select the partitions to save.


STEP 8: Select the destination drive. This can be a drive attached locally or a network share.


STEP 9: Select your destination folder. You can create one here or leave the default.


STEP 10: Name your backup. You can give it a name or leave the default as well.


STEP 11: Click ‘Next’ and the imaging process will start.


The process to restore is more or less the same. You would of course select ‘Restore’ in STEP 5 and then select your image file. But that is it. Very simple.

If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to post them here. Thanks for stopping by =)

If unable to connect to SQL Server standard or Express edition (using 2008) from another machine using SQL management studios try the step in this Blog post  (from a previous post) and if that still does not resolve the issue, like in my case today, them it is the firewall. Make sure you open UDP port 1434 on the server machine. That took care of the connection problem in my case. This page from Microsoft’s support site gives more details on what else to look for –> Microsoft SQL Support.

The above helped resolved the following connection errors.

NOTE: Connecting to a default instance of SQL Server (not the Express Edition) does not required the instance name, only the server name like so.

I was very annoyed when I clicked on my shared folders and suddenly had no connection after working fine 5 minutes ago. I would re-start and I get access the folders only to have them disconnect again after some time. I found an article on the web that discusses this issue and my fix was to leave the Homegroup I had joined the server to. Or make the folder available to the Homegroup which by default have access denied.

After 3 years running, my HP Home server finally gave up (WHS 2003). It happened while I was trying to configure the Wake on LAN settings and somehow I lost connection to the server and all share folders. I am not sure exactly what caused it but I could not bring it back to life no matter what I did. I tried rebooting, doing a recovery, and even a system factory reset, trying each several times.. but none of it worked. I finally had to give up (after trying for two days) and decided to buy a new box. After setting up my new micro server with WHS 2011, I searched the web for how to safely recover my data from my spanned drives (3 tb).

The most usefull article was this one: How to recover data after server failure by Olaf Engelke. I followed it to the T. Especially usefull was the part about the hidden DE folder. I have to admit that I panicked after I mounted my drives in my new box and saw nothing in neither drives even after seeing a ‘Healthy’ status in disk management. The key here is to make sure you are able to see ‘Hidden Files’ in Windows Explorer (Tools–Folder Options–View) to make sure you are able to see these DE folders. I was relieved after seeing all my files were there. I just copied them to an external drive I had as backup, finished the drive setup on my new box, and then copied the files back to the server.

Hope this was useful.

I recently upgraded to Access 2010 at work and had to open one of my old databases to run some macros. This database had been built in Access 2003 and was now being open in Access 2010. For the most part, I was expecting all queries and macros to work , and must say they did, except for one in particular: The ImportExportText macro. This macro was exporting text to an excel workbook and while it ran it came up with the following error message: “The text file specification ‘|’ does not exist”… To resolve this, head over to the KB Article ID: 2581495.

Here is what worked for me:

  1. I applied the June 2011 cumulative update for Microsoft Access 2010 – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2544022
  2. I edited the macro in design view and re-selected the proper text specification.
  3. Saved the macro.

Make sure you do step 2 & 3 otherwise you will continue to get the error. After the update you will see the text specification has changed to a number, like 1 or another ramdom number. You must change it back to the correct one, which in my case was: <name of the macro> import specification.

Hope this helps.

I haven’t come across this error in a while. I saw it today on a Dell D620 laptop and after a quick search I found this article in Microsoft’s  website —KB 830088.

In my case, booting from my WinXP disc and going to repair options to run dskchk /r did the trick (Method 1). It does take a while for it to run though, so keep this in mind. I left the D620 running overnight. Good luck.

Glad I found this HP page right away. It was very helpful today while I installed 5 laserjets and had to get re-acquainted with the various printer control panels. I was dealing with LaserJets 5550n, 5500dn, 4600dn, LaserJets 4400, 4050TN.