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    Why 3 .pst files? (XP)

    I have my disk partitioned. C is my Program Drive. J is my Data Drive. I thought I was using J:mymailmyname.pst, but I see there is another pst file in Cocuments and SettingsMyNameLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftOutlookMyMailmyname.pst.

    The file on the C: drive seems to be an hour or so newer than the file on the J: drive. Why are there two files?

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    Re: Why 3 .pst files? (XP)

    How many different Windows user accounts do you have on that machine?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Why 3 .pst files? (XP)

    First, I should have said, why 2 pst files. I don't have three, I have 2 that appear similar. Today, I'm finding that they one on my in J hasn't updated since yesterday morning. The one in J was updated this morning when I opened OL.

    I thought it might have been offline folder synchronization, but I have that turned off.

    But I digress---
    To answer your question, I have 3 accounts: Administrator, MyName and Guest. Guest is turned off.

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    Re: Why 3 .pst files? (XP)

    If you are viewing the folder tree (View>Folder List), you should be able to judge right away whether you are actively using both of those files. Due to space constraints on the overall size of PSTs, I have 4 (plus an old archive.pst somewhere) "open" all the time. (Outlook doesn't actually seem to load them into memory until they're accessed.)

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    Re: Why 3 .pst files? (XP)

    This is one of those "I had to do something dumb, and don't know what it was." things.

    I fixed it all by backing everything up, copying my latest .pst over the one I like to use, opening the one I like to use and removing the one I don't like to use.

    Now everything works fine.

    Sorry for wasting you guys time, but actually the replies got me to thinking.....

    Thanks again,

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