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    Outlook 2K .pst file question (Outlook 2000)

    are there any benefits and/or known problems with compacting a .pst file? i have one that is over 100MB in size and was considering compacting it to see if it would shrink in size. i'm worried, thought, that doing this might mess it up. any info would be great. thx.

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    Re: Outlook 2K .pst file question (Outlook 2000)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Leif on 12-Dec-02 18:44. )</P>Check this thread.
    My understanding is that compacting manually is only necessary if you want to quickly recover the space used after a lot of deletions - OL will self-compact anyway when your system is idle.

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    For an OL2K specific version of the MS article linked to above, see:
    OL2000: (IMO) Compacting Outlook PST Files

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    Re: Outlook 2K .pst file question (Outlook 2000)

    Corollary to Leif's response, I haven't yet damaged a pst by manually compacting it, and my own work pst is about 124 Mb, but you might want to check that any pst in isn't approching the 2 Gb threshold before doing so.
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    Re: Outlook 2K .pst file question (Outlook 2000)

    John's reply made me realise I didn't actually answer your question <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>.
    I've never heard of damage being done by compacting, and have occasionally resorted to doing it manually with no ill effects. I would check your .pst size before and after a manual compaction - if it varies by less than 1% or 2% and you haven't just done any major deleting, I would guess you could safely assume it is looking after itself OK.

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