Retrieve Back All the Lost Data of Offline Data File
What is new in version 4.3?
Version 4.3 added support for MS Outlook 2013.
Manufacturer – MS Outlook Tools
Category – Communications
Subcategory – Email Utilities
Operating System – Windows OS
- Installation of Outlook program is essential for OST file conversion in PST format.
- 20MB of free space on the conversion machine.
- 512MB sized or more of Random Access Memory.
- 1GHz or more processor frequency in the system.
File Size – 16.2MB
File Name – ost-recovery.exe
License Model – Free of cost trial
Limitations of Demo
- Only 25 email items per mail folder can be exported.
Cost – 99USD
Key Functionality of the Software
OST Recovery version 4.3, though the newest release has been in the market since sometime for the recovery and conversion of OST file data items into PST, EML and MSG format. The reason why OST file is not the output of the recovery tool is that even if healthy it cannot be opened without Exchange account; while PST file can be opened easily in Outlook mail program and EML in mail clients like Windows Live Mail, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, etc.
Features That Make OST Recovery Tool Outstanding
- Retrieves all emails, calendars, contacts, tasks, notes and journal.
- Recovers even permanently deleted (Shift deleted) data items.
- ‘Advance Scan’ check box to fight back major corruption issues.
- ‘Preview’ of all stored data items be it mails, contact details, calendar items, etc.
- ‘Mail Filters’ by Date Range to export selected items files or folders.
- ‘Split PST’ option to divide large sized Outlook data file in small parts.
- ‘Naming convention’ for organized storage of mails in EML and MSG format.
- Outlook client version 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 (32 & 64 bit) is supported.
Tool’s specification – Here, in the working section of the review, demo version has been executed for attaining OST file recovery.
OST file specification:
- The name of the OST file is outlook3.ost
- There are no items in Notes and Journal
Once the .exe file of the OST Recovery is downloaded and installed the tool gets ready to recover and convert a damaged OST file into any one of the three available file formats. Be it Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes or Journals; the utility follows four chief steps to retrieve the data items and they are Open, Scan, Preview and Export.
- Open – This is the first step in retrieval of OST file by the recovery tool and is accomplished by the Add File option as shown in the screenshot below. The tab is located at the top left of the interface and when clicked a small window pops up wanting the OST file to be added.
- By clicking on the Browse tab in the small window, the corrupt .ost file must selected and once chosen the path is displayed next to the Select File
- The second thing that should be performed in the Select Path window is to click on Add File button located on it.
In this way the damaged OST file containing data items g
ets opened and the next step of ‘scanning’ begins.
Note – If the OST file is severely corrupted then the check box Advance Scan must be checked and then the Add File tab of Select Path window should be clicked upon. The screenshot with Advance Scan check box checked is shown below.
- Scan – This is the second step of the recovery operation with OST Recovery application. Once the addition of .ost file get over as mentioned above in the explanation of first step scanning starts. The software starts scanning the opened file and all its stored data items from Mail, Contacts, Calendar and rest of the categories as displayed in the figure below.
When scanning gets completed a small window pops up with the message ‘Scanning completed successfully’ shown in the figure below. Thereafter, the tab OK should be clicked upon.
Moreover, once scanning is over all the data items belonging to different categories gets displayed in the Folder List located at the left of the tool’s GUI as shown in the screenshot pasted below. The folder list displays the item count belonging to each of the categories that the .ost file contains.
- Preview – This is the third major step where the data items stored in the OST file can be previewed before actual exportation.
- Mail Preview – To obtain the preview of emails the Mail tab should be clicked upon as shown in the figure below. On doing this the preview of all emails get displayed; however, with the demo version whose working is shown here only 25 emails per folder can be exported. To export all the mails full release is needed.
- Calendar Preview – To preview calendar items the Calendar category should be clicked upon. The figure below shows the preview of calendar items with details such as Subject, Location, Start time, End Time & Categories. Also, if any attachment is present its preview can also be achieved. The interface gets divided into three sections. On the left is displayed the item count of Calendar category. At the top, in the right portion of the interface all the calendar items are shown whereas at the bottom the details of the selected calendar item is shown.
- Contacts Preview – Similarly, to preview the recovered contact details the Contacts tab must be selected. On doing this the item count of Contacts get displayed in the left side of the interface. On the right side at the top all contacts are shown whereas on selecting any particular contact, its details can be seen in the bottom portion of the interface.
- Tasks Preview – In the same way for previewing the tasks, the Tasks tab should be clicked. When it is done so the window gets divided in three sections as explained above for Contacts and details like Task Subject, Status, Due Date, etc. gets displayed as shown in the figure below.
Note – The same process applies for previewing ‘Notes’ and ‘Journal’ items too. But as the OST file added here does not contain any item of these two categories their preview cannot be obtained. On clicking upon these two tabs, an empty interface is displayed.
- Export & Save – This is the last step in the recovery process of corrupted OST file by the recovery utility. All or any required item from any of the categories can be selected and exported in PST, EML & MSG format by clicking on the Export button located at the top-left of the recovery interface. Once clicked upon, a small window of Export Options appears as shown in the figure below. The file format can be selected by checking the appropriate check box located beside each type.
- If MS Outlook PST file is selected; then the option to filter emails, divide PST file and also to select destination location is provided.
- If EML or MSG format is chosen an additional feature to apply naming convention for emails is provided.
Once the required fields are filled up the tab Export on the Export Options window should be clicked. In this way, the file chosen gets saved at the provided destination location. Finally, in this way the OST file retrieval gets accomplished by the OST Recovery utility without fail.
Finally the Tool’s Overview
From the working of the tool it has been found that OST Recovery Software is a reliable and efficient software application. It maintains Meta data of the extracted emails as well as preserves files/ folders hierarchy. Moreover, it does not exhibit any drawback except that the system becomes a bit slow on its execution.
NCDMB: The agency providing funding, incubation and mentorship opportunities for technology startups and innovators
Win up to $10,000 Seed Funding in the NCDMB Oil & Gas Technology Hackathon
The Nigerian Oil and Gas Technology (NOGTECH) programme is the first ever Oil and Gas hackathon with the primary aim of fostering innovations in the oil and gas industry as well as creating a platform for the proliferation of local content. The programme is headlined by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) with partnership from Learners Support Consultancy and BrentHub.
NOGTECH aims to address the challenges faced by the nation’s oil and gas industry and its linkage sectors by ideating, developing and prototyping digital technology solutions that solve these pertinent problems. The programme is promoting innovation by offering seed funding, business mentorship and incubation to the winning ideas.
Call for Submissions
The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, disclosed that “five teams will get $10,000 equity-free grants each”.
In a webinar session titled “Innovating for the future of Nigeria’s Oil & Gas Industry and its Linkage Sectors.”, Engr. Wabote revealed that submissions into the programme will be scrutinised based on several factors.
”Participants must be a team/company of at least two or more members with at least 75 percent of the founding team as Nigerians. The team/company must be a registered, or intending to register as a profit/business entity. The solution described in response to the challenge must be driven by digital technology – Software, Hardware or both.”
He also disclosed that “the solution must either be at the ideation stage, prototype level or a launched solution that hasn’t gained commercial traction. The team must be available to participate in a three-day hackathon as well as a three-month incubation programme, if selected.”
Solving the Industry’s Toughest Challenges
NCDMB is determined to unearth scalable solutions to the industry’s biggest challenges. Some of the identified problem areas include the rising problem of pipeline vandalism, increase in cyber-physical risk, widening skill gap, supply chain and logistics inefficiency, rising carbon footprint and issues surrounding transparency, accountability and civic engagement.
Innovators are encouraged to proffer sustainable and scalable solutions to these biggest challenges faced by industry stakeholders.
Pitching to Investors
Ultimately, the winning teams will have an opportunity to pitch their prototypes to investors. But before then, the NOGTECH programme is taking place over several weeks with the selected ideas advancing on a stage by stage basis.
The first stage is the call for submissions where teams and startups are encouraged to submit their ideas. Shortlisted teams in each of the challenge areas will first be invited to present online to a team of experienced entrepreneurs and industry professionals. The most promising teams will then be selected to participate in an all-expense paid 3-day hackathon. Submit your ideas here
During this time, shortlisted participants will have a couple of days to collaborate and build their prototypes or fine-tune existing prototypes with guidance from industry stakeholders, experts and mentors. At the end of the bootcamp, teams will revalidate their solutions and have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges.
Prizes for Winning Teams
The winning five teams will undergo a 3-month incubation program where each team will get a $10,000 equity-free grant, a work-space, expert mentors, global partners and unprecedented market access over three-months, ensuring they become commercial and investor-ready.
At the end of the incubation, the teams will participate in a showcase day to demonstrate their progress. This showcase will aim to connect them with investors and industry stakeholders where they can further amplify their market access.
So if you are an innovator seeking opportunities, identifying them and seizing the ones that then match, then you have to apply to NOGTECH.
In order to participate in the hackathon, innovators, teams and startups can get started here.
Slack announces Connect, an improved way for companies to talk to one another
Virtual events are the new norm for product rollouts in 2020, with Slack taking to the internet earlier today to talk about a new part of its service called Slack Connect.
On the heels of Apple’s lengthy and pretty good virtual WWDC that took place earlier this week, Slack’s event, part experiment and part press conference, was called to detail the firm’s new Slack Connect capability, which will allow companies to better link together and communicate inside of their Slack instance than what was possible with its shared channels feature. The product was described inside of a business-to-business context, including examples about companies needing to chat with agencies and other external vendors.
In its most basic form, Slack is well-known for internal chat functionality, helping teams talk amongst themselves. Slack Connect appears to be a progression past that idea, pushing internal communications tooling to allow companies to plug their private comms into the private comms of other orgs, linking them for simple communication while keeping the entire affair secure.
Slack Connect, a evolution past what shared channels offered, includes better security tooling and the ability to share channels across 20 orgs. The enterprise SaaS company is also working to give Connect-using companies “the ability to form DM connections independent of channels,” the company told TechCrunch.
The product could slim down email usage; if Slack Connect can let many orgs chat amongst themselves, perhaps fewer emails will be needed to keep different companies in sync. That said, Slack is hardly a quiet product. During his part of the presentation, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield noted that the service sees up to 65 million messages sent each second at peak times.
According to the CEO, Slack Connect has been piloted for a few months, and is now available for paid plans.
Slack shares are off 3.8% today, before the news came out. Its broader company cohort (SaaS) are also down today, along with the market more broadly; investors don’t appear to have reacted to this piece of news, at least yet.
Apple has acquired Fleetsmith, a startup that helps IT manage Apple devices remotely
At a time when IT has to help employees set up and manage devices remotely, a service that simplifies those processes could certainly come in handy. Apple recognized that, and acquired Fleetsmith today, a startup that helps companies do precisely that with Apple devices.
While Apple didn’t publicize the acquisition, it has confirmed the deal with TechCrunch, while Fleetsmith announced the deal in a company blog post. Neither company was sharing the purchase price.
The startup has built technology that takes advantage of Apple’s Device Enrollment Program, allowing IT departments to bring devices online as soon as the employee takes it out of the box and powers it up.
At the time of its $30 million Series B funding last year, CEO Zack Blum explained the company’s core value proposition: “From a customer perspective, they can ship devices directly to their employees. The employee unwraps it, connects to Wi-Fi and the device is enrolled automatically in Fleetsmith,” Blum explained at that time.
Over time, the company has layered on other useful pieces beyond automating device registration, like updating devices automatically with OS and security updates, while letting IT see a dashboard of the status of all devices under management, all in a pretty slick interface.
While Apple will in all likelihood continue to work with Jamf, the leader in the Apple device management space, this acquisition gives the company a remote management option at a time when it’s essential with so many employees working from home.
Fleetsmith, which has raised more than $40 million from investors, like Menlo Ventures, Tiger Global Management, Upfront Ventures and Harrison Metal, will continue to sell the product through the company website, according to the blog post.
The founders put a happy face on the deal, as founders tend to do. “We’re thrilled to join Apple. Our shared values of putting the customer at the center of everything we do without sacrificing privacy and security, means we can truly meet our mission, delivering Fleetsmith to businesses and institutions of all sizes, around the world,” they wrote.