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Outlook can't open a PST.

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I had a user crash while I was on vacation. They had Dell come and exchange the hard drive which I tested and is DOA. Murphy's law the Windows Backup will not restore. So I painstakingly extracted all the .zip files so get the files.

Some of the PST would not open but a SCNPST fixed that others it will not work. I have some PSTs, one which we feel is the last one the one we need, which is named "***" and it will not open or will SCNPST recognize.

Error message : The file is not an Outlook File. (.pst)

Can anyone help me out on this? I did notice that these particular files were broken up in the Windows ZIP folder, but I have tried a few of them separately and got the same results. She has Windows 7, 4GB RAM , Office 2013 Home and Business with Outlook 2013. I have Outlook 2010 on my system. Really need to get to this PST file. Any suggestions?

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