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    Outlook .pst file too big; can't recover (2000, SR-1)

    I had to re-install WIN2000 and Office on a new drive, but was able to save old .PST file. Renamed OUTLOOK.PST to OUTLOOKOLD.PST and copied saved OUTLOOK.PST file to outlook folder. Outlook would not open it with the message that it was corrupt, and I should run the Inbox Repair tool. No help. Called M.S. support and was told that the magic number for file size is 1.96GB - just what mine was. AT that size, the repair tool will not work, but he emailed a program, PST2GB.EXE, that would delete a user-defined number of MB's from the file; then the repair tool would do its' thing. Worked fine but for one exception: It deletes the MOST RECENT entries; not the oldest. He explained that he didn't know why the developers of that EXE program did it that way, and could offer no other assistance other than suggesting using an editor to remove a few MB's from the beginning of the file, delete the index from OUTLOOK.PST (Start, Run, browse to PS2GB.EXE and add (space)-S after it, then run it. This deletes the index but not any data, then re-run the Inbox Repair tool. Now comes the problem: Does anyone know of an editor that will allow you to copy starting, say, 10MB's from the beginning of a file to the end?. Then I could recover my stuff. Any help would be appreciated VERY MUCH! By the way, that PS2GB.EXE program is NOT available for download from MS; it must be gotten through tech support, but I would be happy to email it to anyone who needs it. Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Outlook .pst file too big; can't recover (2000, SR-1)

    I'm not aware of any editors that can edit files in the range of gigabytes, but presumably there are some (hex editors, perhaps) out there on download.com, etc.

    Can a file that large still be compacted? You can compact a file without opening OL using the Mail control panel, Properties for the PST, Compact Now button. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: Outlook .pst file too big; can't recover (2000, SR-1)

    Eek! Sorry to hear about your troubles. Why did that file get so big?

    Anyway, try "Crimson Editor" available at http://www.crimsoneditor.com/
    I think it can handle extra large files. I have had very good luck with it. And it is free.

    Another that has been recommended to me is "Programmers File Editor" available at http://www.simtel.net/pub/pd/11983.html

    Good luck!
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    Re: Outlook .pst file too big; can't recover (2000, SR-1)

    Have you search http://www.slipstick.com for information on editing large psts? We always use a hex editor and cut a hunk out of the middle of the file and i think slipstick recommends that method too.

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    Re: Outlook .pst file too big; can't recover (2000, SR-1)

    My favorite Hex Editor is WinVi. I don't know if it can handle files this big, but I don't recall it having any upper limit...

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    Re: Outlook .pst file too big; can't recover (2000, SR-1)

    Thanks to all for your help. I downloaded Crimson Editor, but haven't had a chance to try it yet. Also, I well go to Slipstick to see what they have to say.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Outlook .pst file too big; can't recover (2000, SR-1)

    This sounds like it may fix my particular problem, but when I look in Control Panel and then Mail I can't seem to locate where I can name the .pst file I'm having trouble with. FYI, my file is only about .9 GB, but my computer crashes when I try to get Outlook to open it, plus I can't even get it (now renamed as an archive) to show up in my Outlook folder list. Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Re: Outlook .pst file too big; can't recover (2000

    Control Panel|Mail is porbably not going to help you locate a *.pst file. Provided you have "show all folders and files" enabled on your OS (Control Panel|Folder Options), try a file search for *.pst. HTH
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    Re: Outlook .pst file too big; can't recover (2000, SR-1)

    The control panel lists the current Outlook settings. If you renamed the .PST file, this could get out of sync. You may be able to re-add it to your "profile" (this term is used in Corporate Workgroup mode; not sure what the correct term is in Internet mode, if you are using that) through the Control Panel (see illustration).
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    Re: Outlook .pst file too big; can't recover (2000, SR-1)

    I stumbled across an Outlook recovery program at Ontrack. Not sure how it works, so you might get better results with the truncation method. I posted the links in <!post=Post #161659 on the Word board,161659>Post #161659 on the Word board<!/post>.

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