Tool 2 Compact .pst files

Posted on 2001-06-26
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
I would like to know if there is a tool available in the market which allows you to continue working with your Outlook, while compacting your personal folders. At the moment when you compact your .pst files, with the inbuilt tool from MS, you cannnot carry on using outlook. This wastes a lot of my users time. Thanks in advance for your answers. Zappie
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Neo_mvps earned 60 total points
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Sorry to report this, but no.  It is the built-in tool or nothing.  MS holds PST file layout information is undocumented and propriatery.
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It's also kinda like trying to add and remove programs from a harddisk while you are in the process of defragging it.

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Thanks folks for all your efforts in answering me. I appreciate it much. SInce, i cannot find a tool for this, I guess my users have to live with the fact that they would need time to do this...
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Hi Zappie@pcsupport,
You've requested to delete this question, but its status remains as 'Pending Delete' because one or more comments have been added.  Normally, the only way to fully delete such a Question is to post a message to Community Support and ask for assistance.

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I don't believe the question should be deleted since the comments accurately answers the posters question.  The experts that volunteer their time are worth the points even when one reports that it isn't possible to do what your asking.

Just my $.02
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I agree with Neo, the answer was provide regardless if it was the answer wanted.  Neo provided the answer so should get the points.
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Hello Zappie@pcsuppor

this question is open for more then 2 months
time to clean up
if not stated otherwise

my recom will be
-points to Neo_mvps
-this will be finalized by an EE Moderator
-with no further update (25.10.2002)


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Per recommendation, force-accepted.

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