How to Solve "PST is already in use in the current profile" Error?

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MS Outlook 'Import and Export Wizard' allows you import an Outlook data file within the application for further use. But events like PST (Personal Storage Folder) corruption can prevent this process from completing, however, there can be other reasons as well. Thus, to repair the corrupted PST, you need to run Scanpst tool, which is a built-in utility of Outlook. In case the tool fails, you can opt for a Microsoft Outlook Recovery [] application to repair and safely restore the inaccessible PST.

For example, suppose you try to import an Outlook PST. At this point, you may receive an error, such as mentioned below:

"This Personal Folders file (.pst) is already in use in the current profile."

The PST import process fails with no results.


Some of the possible reasons causing this behavior are as listed below:

1-You are trying to import a PST that is already being used by the local Outlook profile.
2-The current Outlook profile PST and the file being imported have same name.
3-PST is set to read-only attribute.
4-You are attempting to import a corrupt PST.


Based on the root cause of the given problem, you are recommended to apply the following measures:

1-Make sure that the PST being imported is different from which is in use
2-Rename the PST and try to import it again
3-Right-click the file to view its properties. Clear the read-only check box. If the file is stored on a CD or DVD, you first need to save it on the hard drive
4-Repair the corrupt PST using Outlook Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe)

You are suggested to first backup your PST before trying to run Inbox Repair Tool as this may cause irrecoverable damages to the file. If the tool fails to repair the corrupt PST, you need to use a powerful PST Recovery application. A Microsoft Outlook Recovery utility uses an intensive set of algorithms and proves competent to safely repair a corrupted PST, irrespective of extent and root of corruption.

Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair is a reliable and powerful utility that repairs a damaged Outlook PST and restores it as a new, Outlook-usable PST. The advanced PST Recovery tool supports MS Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000. The software has a Outlook-similar interface and previews messages in 3-panes. It is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, NT4 (SP6), and 2000.
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