Best Practice for Storing Old Information


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Blake Kaos

My OL2007 (Enterprise) has bloated up so much that it now refuses to
download more mail. I have deleted all large files, archived mail folders
and compacted the working .pst file - all to no avail. Perhaps it is the
size and number of archive folders which has bloated OL - that is just a
guess on my part.

So what is the best way of handling this? Can I just back up the archive.pst
files on another drive and then delete them from the main OL directory? How
else can I slim down the archives without discarding them permanently?

Are there any online resources detailing the best practices for storage
using OL? Can someone please point me to the relevant URLs?
 
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Diane Poremsky [MVP]

How big is your PST file? Is it an Unicode format or ansi? (outlook
2003/2007 or outlook 97/2002). Unless the drive is full, the number of psts
shouldn't be a problem, although I would move the oldest to backup media and
delete them from the hard drive.

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Blake Kaos

The main file (with subfolders) is 1444089 KB.

It is in ansi format (I think) and I would love to know how I could convert
it into Unicode (which I believe tolerates larger file sizes)

The drive is definitely not full - there is a lot of unused space.

Can I simply delete the old archive files without impairing the
functionality and then create new archive files from now onwards?

Thanks for your help.
 
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