Exceed .pst size limit

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  1. sas05jackal

    sas05jackal Guest

    Everyone,

    I am using Outlook 2007. When I try to drag emails I want to save to my
    offline folders, it says something like my ".pst" folders have exceeded their
    size limit and that I need to delete mail to make more room. Well, I have
    deleted about 10 folders (!), and it still gives me the same error message.
    Does anyone have a solution he or she would like to recommend? Thank you.
     
    sas05jackal, Jan 5, 2009
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  2. sas05jackal

    Roady [MVP] Guest

    It sounds like you are trying it to move to a pst-file that is in ANSI
    format and not in UNICODE format. ANSI formatted pst-files are limited to
    2GB.

    As you've just deleted the items, you could force a manual Compact on the
    pst-file to return the white space and actually decrease the file size of
    the pst-file to far below the 2GB size limit.

    A better solution would be to start off with a new UNICODE formatted
    pst-file instead.
    See http://www.msoutlook.info/question/115

    --
    Robert Sparnaaij [MVP-Outlook]
    Coauthor, Configuring Microsoft Outlook 2003
    http://www.howto-outlook.com/
    Outlook FAQ, HowTo, Downloads, Add-Ins and more

    http://www.msoutlook.info/
    Real World Questions, Real World Answers

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    "sas05jackal" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Everyone,
    >
    > I am using Outlook 2007. When I try to drag emails I want to save to
    > my
    > offline folders, it says something like my ".pst" folders have exceeded
    > their
    > size limit and that I need to delete mail to make more room. Well, I have
    > deleted about 10 folders (!), and it still gives me the same error
    > message.
    > Does anyone have a solution he or she would like to recommend? Thank you.
     
    Roady [MVP], Jan 5, 2009
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  3. sas05jackal

    sas05jackal Guest

    Hi Roady,

    Will moving to a UNICODE format from an ANSI format rewrite or delete
    any of my old .pst files? I'll check into your link.

    Also, how do I force a manual compact process on the .pst file?

    Thank for your help so far.

    "Roady [MVP]" wrote:

    > It sounds like you are trying it to move to a pst-file that is in ANSI
    > format and not in UNICODE format. ANSI formatted pst-files are limited to
    > 2GB.
    >
    > As you've just deleted the items, you could force a manual Compact on the
    > pst-file to return the white space and actually decrease the file size of
    > the pst-file to far below the 2GB size limit.
    >
    > A better solution would be to start off with a new UNICODE formatted
    > pst-file instead.
    > See http://www.msoutlook.info/question/115
    >
    > --
    > Robert Sparnaaij [MVP-Outlook]
    > Coauthor, Configuring Microsoft Outlook 2003
    > http://www.howto-outlook.com/
    > Outlook FAQ, HowTo, Downloads, Add-Ins and more
    >
    > http://www.msoutlook.info/
    > Real World Questions, Real World Answers
    >
    > -----
    >
    > "sas05jackal" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Everyone,
    > >
    > > I am using Outlook 2007. When I try to drag emails I want to save to
    > > my
    > > offline folders, it says something like my ".pst" folders have exceeded
    > > their
    > > size limit and that I need to delete mail to make more room. Well, I have
    > > deleted about 10 folders (!), and it still gives me the same error
    > > message.
    > > Does anyone have a solution he or she would like to recommend? Thank you.

    >
    >
     
    sas05jackal, Jan 5, 2009
    #3
  4. You're not really "moving" to a UNICODE format so much as creating a new
    UNICODE file and moving the contents of your old ANSI formatted file.
    Your old ANSI files will still exist.

    To force a manual compact go to the folder list in Outlook, right-click
    on the Personal Folders file in question (the root of it that says
    "Personal Folder File" most likely) and choose Properties. Click the
    Advanced button and you'll see a button labeled "Compact Now".

    --
    -Ben-
    Ben M. Schorr, MVP
    Roland Schorr & Tower
    http://www.rolandschorr.com
    http://www.officeforlawyers.com
    Author - The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2007:
    http://tinyurl.com/5m3f5q



    "sas05jackal" <> wrote in message
    news::

    > Hi Roady,
    >
    > Will moving to a UNICODE format from an ANSI format rewrite or delete
    > any of my old .pst files? I'll check into your link.
    >
    > Also, how do I force a manual compact process on the .pst file?
    >
    > Thank for your help so far.
    >
    > "Roady [MVP]" wrote:
    >
    >
    > > It sounds like you are trying it to move to a pst-file that is in ANSI
    > > format and not in UNICODE format. ANSI formatted pst-files are limited to
    > > 2GB.
    > >
    > > As you've just deleted the items, you could force a manual Compact on the
    > > pst-file to return the white space and actually decrease the file size of
    > > the pst-file to far below the 2GB size limit.
    > >
    > > A better solution would be to start off with a new UNICODE formatted
    > > pst-file instead.
    > > See http://www.msoutlook.info/question/115
    > >
    > > --
    > > Robert Sparnaaij [MVP-Outlook]
    > > Coauthor, Configuring Microsoft Outlook 2003
    > > http://www.howto-outlook.com/
    > > Outlook FAQ, HowTo, Downloads, Add-Ins and more
    > >
    > > http://www.msoutlook.info/
    > > Real World Questions, Real World Answers
    > >
    > > -----
    > >
    > > "sas05jackal" <> wrote in message
    > > news:...

    >
    > > > Everyone,
    > > >
    > > > I am using Outlook 2007. When I try to drag emails I want to save to
    > > > my
    > > > offline folders, it says something like my ".pst" folders have exceeded
    > > > their
    > > > size limit and that I need to delete mail to make more room. Well, I have
    > > > deleted about 10 folders (!), and it still gives me the same error
    > > > message.
    > > > Does anyone have a solution he or she would like to recommend? Thank you.

    > >

    >
    > >
     
    Ben M. Schorr - MVP (OneNote), Jan 5, 2009
    #4
  5. sas05jackal

    sas05jackal Guest

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for the clarification. It's a little busy here today, so I'll try it
    tomorrow and hopefully let everyone know the results. Thank you.

    "Ben M. Schorr - MVP (OneNote)" wrote:

    > You're not really "moving" to a UNICODE format so much as creating a new
    > UNICODE file and moving the contents of your old ANSI formatted file.
    > Your old ANSI files will still exist.
    >
    > To force a manual compact go to the folder list in Outlook, right-click
    > on the Personal Folders file in question (the root of it that says
    > "Personal Folder File" most likely) and choose Properties. Click the
    > Advanced button and you'll see a button labeled "Compact Now".
    >
    > --
    > -Ben-
    > Ben M. Schorr, MVP
    > Roland Schorr & Tower
    > http://www.rolandschorr.com
    > http://www.officeforlawyers.com
    > Author - The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2007:
    > http://tinyurl.com/5m3f5q
    >
    >
    >
    > "sas05jackal" <> wrote in message
    > news::
    >
    > > Hi Roady,
    > >
    > > Will moving to a UNICODE format from an ANSI format rewrite or delete
    > > any of my old .pst files? I'll check into your link.
    > >
    > > Also, how do I force a manual compact process on the .pst file?
    > >
    > > Thank for your help so far.
    > >
    > > "Roady [MVP]" wrote:
    > >
    > >
    > > > It sounds like you are trying it to move to a pst-file that is in ANSI
    > > > format and not in UNICODE format. ANSI formatted pst-files are limited to
    > > > 2GB.
    > > >
    > > > As you've just deleted the items, you could force a manual Compact on the
    > > > pst-file to return the white space and actually decrease the file size of
    > > > the pst-file to far below the 2GB size limit.
    > > >
    > > > A better solution would be to start off with a new UNICODE formatted
    > > > pst-file instead.
    > > > See http://www.msoutlook.info/question/115
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > Robert Sparnaaij [MVP-Outlook]
    > > > Coauthor, Configuring Microsoft Outlook 2003
    > > > http://www.howto-outlook.com/
    > > > Outlook FAQ, HowTo, Downloads, Add-Ins and more
    > > >
    > > > http://www.msoutlook.info/
    > > > Real World Questions, Real World Answers
    > > >
    > > > -----
    > > >
    > > > "sas05jackal" <> wrote in message
    > > > news:...

    > >
    > > > > Everyone,
    > > > >
    > > > > I am using Outlook 2007. When I try to drag emails I want to save to
    > > > > my
    > > > > offline folders, it says something like my ".pst" folders have exceeded
    > > > > their
    > > > > size limit and that I need to delete mail to make more room. Well, I have
    > > > > deleted about 10 folders (!), and it still gives me the same error
    > > > > message.
    > > > > Does anyone have a solution he or she would like to recommend? Thank you.
    > > >

    > >
    > > >

    >
    >
     
    sas05jackal, Jan 5, 2009
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