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    Outlook PST splitter (outlook 98)

    Does anyone know where I can find a tool that will allow me to split a PST file, I work in a large investment bank and a number of users (you know how thick they are..) have set up archive folders, these have now passed the 2gig limit and are causing problems. At present I'm having to get the PST restored into my home area and then splitting it manually, as you know this is very time consuming. Hope you can help me.

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    Re: Outlook PST splitter (outlook 98)

    no tools that will do that in the manner i think you are hoping. there is a utility from ms that deletes the excess file size and repairs it, but there is loss of data. you can do the same thing with a hex editor and scanpst .

    make a copy of the pst. open it in a hex editor and delete enough to reduce the file size. run scanpst on it to repair. if a lot is removed, i often try to repeat it, selecting a different part of the pst to remove, then seeing if i have data that is different in each. i'm not sure it's worth the effort though, i've not recovered enough additional important stuff to make it worthwhile.

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    Re: Outlook PST splitter (outlook 98)

    Thanks for that, the only problem is the users are traders and losing their data would be like giving myself a p45 and asking security to come and kick me out of the building....

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    Re: Outlook PST splitter (outlook 98)

    their data was lost when the pst got close to 2gig... it was their fault for not archiving and letting it get that big, not yours.

    i would problably get the last backup made - you are making one each night, correct? Set a copy of that aside... delete some data from the center of copies of the overlimit psts and scanpst - compare the data between the psts and determine what is new. Archive older data in the good pst and add the new items to the now much smaller good pst...

    food for thought... why are they using psts anyway? for something this important, they should be using exchange mailboxes.. if for no other reason than security, backup and unlimited mailbox size. If they are not using exchange server... why not?

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    Re: Outlook PST splitter (outlook 98)

    Never mind... i see it's the archives that are bad.. i still have to wonder why the users were doing the archiving into psts - there are utilities for exchange server that can create archives in large databases, including on SQL server. For important data like this, it should be done server side.

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    Re: Outlook PST splitter (outlook 98)

    All users have a 500meg mailbox and an archive folder, but they want to keep everything "just in case" The PST are still viewable but at that size are slow, we are trying to get everyone down to around 500meg size pst max. but to do this we need to split them down.

    Thanks for your help MJ, hopefully someone might have a reliable splitter out there somewhere??

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    Re: Outlook PST splitter (outlook 98)

    if they are viewable speed doesn't matter. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> open them in outlook, add a new pst (file | new) and move some stuff to the new one to reduce the size. make sure the stuff that is moved is deleted from the pst and the deleted folder is emptied and compressed. you could use autoarchive to move old items or just do it manually.

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