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    Closing Properly (MSO 2003)

    I am getting an "error" message "the data file was not closed properly. It is being checked now for errors"

    Seems to be REAL recent -- last couple weeks... and seems to be about half the time on closing. I'm running Nelson E-mail Organizer and iHateSpam with Outlook... But this is fairly recent... and those add-ins I've used for some time. Updates have been recent though...

    This is one of those "it's got ot be something" I know...

    But is there any way to close and be "fairly" certain the the dat file is OK?

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    Re: Closing Properly (MSO 2003)

    Have you run Scanpst?
    Have you run Chkdsk?
    When you close Outlook, are you immediately rebooting?
    Have you checked for Outlook still running in the background when you reboot?
    How big is your pst?

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    Re: Closing Properly (MSO 2003)

    Is Outlook referring to a specific file, or did you mean "dat" in a generic sense of "data file"? Usually this message refers to your PST file, and the error arises from shutting down Windows without first closing all applications that have their hooks in your PST file and allowing them time to release it.

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    Re: Closing Properly (MSO 2003)

    Leif:

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    Have you run Scanpst?
    Have you run Chkdsk?
    When you close Outlook, are you immediately rebooting?
    Have you checked for Outlook still running in the background when you reboot?
    How big is your pst?
    <<

    1) No
    2) Yes
    3) Kind of, but not always
    4) No... should I (other users) have to?
    5) About 600 megs

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    Re: Closing Properly (MSO 2003)

    Jefferson:

    The Error is just saying "the data file"...

    And no, I don't individually close each and every upon shutdown or re-boot... But I never did before either...

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    Re: Closing Properly (MSO 2003)

    1) Try it and see if it makes a difference.
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    3) Are you kind of, but not always, getting the problem?
    4) You don't have to, but it may help to pinpoint where the problem is. (Do other users have the problem?)

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    Re: Closing Properly (MSO 2003)

    Leif:

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    3) Are you kind of, but not always, getting the problem?
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    That's cold....

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    4) You don't have to, but it may help to pinpoint where the problem is. (Do other users have the problem?)
    <<

    I think that I, perhaps being perhaps in one of my petulant moods, am wondering how come now, when nothing I'm doing has really changed? And most certainly I'll cast a more critical eye with a resolution in mind.

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    Re: Closing Properly (MSO 2003)

    I just ran scanpst... and it found errors... but where does it keep the log of same?

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    Re: Closing Properly (MSO 2003)

    I have had the same problem periodically. Running scanpst followed by a defrag usually fixes it, but it's a very good idea to close Outlook before closing the computer down, especially when you have a few add-ins.

    Outlook has to close several files in addtion to the PST; the Addressee Autocomplete file (a.k.a. nicknames), signature file(s) if they exist, an OST file if it exists (and in 2003 I think it does by default), all add-ins loaded, and finally a large PST has to have all changes written to it, including any resulting from background compression, and be properly closed to disk.


    (YOU may not have changed Chuck, but very likely the Outlook files have! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>)
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    Re: Closing Properly (MSO 2003)

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    Re: Closing Properly (MSO 2003)

    John:

    Concerning your two posts:

    Maybe one of my add-ins IS taking more time than I am allotting, and therefore Outlook isn't able to totally close... I'll check that, thanks.

    I looked at the post you gave, and it said:

    "In the Folder List, you may see a Recovered Personal Folders folder containing default Outlook folders or a Lost and Found folder. The recovered folders are usually empty, because this is a rebuilt .pst file. The Lost and Found folder contains folders and items that the Inbox Repair tool recovered. Items that are missing from the Lost and Found folder cannot be repaired."

    But there was no such folder... so I gguesss the errors were minor..

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    Re: Closing Properly (MSO 2003)

    John:

    Duh...

    But what it doesn't tell you if the errors got fixed... oh well...

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