Microsoft Outlook is one of the most powerful email client software that comes together with Microsoft Office and is mostly used by employees in corporate companies. The good thing about using an email client software is you can read and reply emails even without an active Internet connection because the emails are already downloaded and stored in your hard drive. Although it is convenient, the problem is if you’ve accidentally deleted an important email by mistake, it may seem impossible to recover the deleted email because by default most email client including Outlook will instantly delete the emails from the server after downloading it to your computer. So requesting the server administrator to retrieve the email that you want to recover from the server is just not possible.
After an extensive research, we found that it is in fact possible to recover the deleted emails or contacts from Outlook by using some smart email recovery tools. Most of the email recovery software out there cost money but fortunately we have narrowed down to 3 which allows you to at least view the deleted emails including attachments while others hide the message body and will only display upon buying the software license.
1. Stellar Phoenix Deleted Email Recovery
Upon running this software, you get to select if you want to recovery emails deleted from Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express. You will need to specify the path to the PST file that you want to recover or you can use the Find PST button to search for the file on your hard drive and select it from the list. Click the Recovery button and wait for the recovery process to complete which may take from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the size of the PST file. You can click on the recovered emails to view the message but you won’t be able to use the Save button.
Zmeil is a lightweight email recovery tool that supports Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, The Bat! and Euroda. Running Zmeil will automatically scan your hard drive on known locations for available email database. If not found, you can click the Add File button to manually choose the email database that you want to recover. The evaluation version allows you to extract 9 email messages per source. You can however preview the deleted emails without limits.
3. Recover My eMail
Recovery My eMail would be your choice if you would like to preview recovered emails including deleted attachment files. The recovery process is similar to the above where you will need to select the PST file from the Open Email File button for decryption.
We have tested all 3 software above on Outlook 2010 and it works perfectly although the official website did not state anything that it supports Outlook 2010. There are suggestion on adding the Recover Deleted Items command from the Customize Ribbon for Outlook 2010 to recover deleted emails but it won’t work if you do not use Exchange. Although all 3 software should be safe because it only reads and decrypts the PST file, it is best to always make a backup of the PST file first.