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    .PST size less than 2GB (OL 2000)

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Loungers

    OK so now I understand. The Outlook PST file should be less than 2Gigabytes for Outlook to work. Well during my investigations of Outlook 2000, I managed to create a PST file that is 2,103,050,240 Bytes, that is a bit more than 2GB for Outlook's comfort.

    So I have to delete my attachments, but now it says that I need to truncate the PST file, and there is a utility to do that.

    is there a way to truncate the file and lose the least amount of messages, or I am doomed to simply chop these messages off.

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    Re: .PST size less than 2GB (OL 2000)

    You can also archive messages, past Calendar items, past Tasks, Journal records and Notes that have no future value. Or you can create a second PST, copy messages to it and load it. You aren't limited to one open PST.
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    Re: .PST size less than 2GB (OL 2000)

    I believe the utility decides what to truncate -- you don't control what that is. But this is based on hearsay; luckily I've never had to use it.

    And SR-1 is supposed to give you a warning before you go over the limit. Do you not have SR-1 installed?

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    Re: .PST size less than 2GB (OL 2000)

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> John

    I think I hosed <img src=/S/hosed.gif border=0 alt=hosed width=73 height=24> the ONLY .PST file that I have been using. I did not know about the multi .PST files until I got a message that my .PST file is larger than 2GBs and now the truncation tool, and Outlook don't like it.

    So I created a second one, just to be able to get my messages. This is a test thing, and I need to be able to see if Outlook will be able to help one of my coworkers manage her e-mails. She is the one who takes care of scheduling, and many coworkers e-mail her a calender application that I developed, and now I am automating the e-mail attachment saving into a special folder and then have Excel do the rest.

    So far so good, except that 2GB limitation that now I have to worry about. I am sure that by deleting the attachments, then I can keep the size smaller than 2MB.

    <font color=red> So here is the question</font color=red>

    How can I move messages to the new .PST file, or even another .PST, knowing that Outlook and the Truncation tool don't like the one I already have?

    I also know that there a .PST repair tool other than the truncation, but it needs the size to be less than 2GB. Is there any 3rd party repair tools that will not need that size limitation?

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    Re: .PST size less than 2GB (OL 2000)

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Jefferson

    I do have SR-1, and I do think I got a warning, but it was about a message not being able to fit into a folder. Then the whole thing got hosed <img src=/S/hosed.gif border=0 alt=hosed width=73 height=24>.

    I then tried to reboot, not that I needed to, but I actually had finished my work, and turned off my laptop, the machine I am using for testing, and then when I got back home, Outlook told me that I had the problem.

    I tried the truncation tool, but it also had problems with the file. It gave me a ~500MB part, and then stopped. I tried again, and it gave me a 11MB part, and stopped.

    I still have the 2+GB file on my HD, so if there are any repair tools, other than the truncation one, let me know.

    I'll search the MSKB and Google, and Slapstick.com and see what they say.

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    Re: .PST size less than 2GB (OL 2000)

    Yikes, I thought the MS truncator was the only option... Of course, you might have backups from the day before?

    (P.S., It's Slipstick, not Slapstick, 'though the latter might be more amusing. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> )

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    Re: .PST size less than 2GB (OL 2000)

    Can you open the PST at all?
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