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How can I "shrink" a PST file that has already exceed the 2GB??
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by:sirbounty
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Periodically empty the Deleted Items folder
Archive or delete from Sent Items
Remove attachments from sent messages, assuming that the attached files are stored elsewhere on your system
Use one of the third-party tools listed here to compress attachments that you want to keep in your folders
If you are using Personal Folders, periodically compact them to recover space left behind by deleted items.
http://www.slipstick.com/addins/housekeeping.htm

Now try this:
Click Tools/Options
Mail Setup
Data Files
Highlight the PST and click Settings
Click Compact Now...

Also see: http:Q_20631190.html
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by:millicent_lam
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I have also realised that the above suggestions may not work for some, and I ended up creating a brand new .PST and move items from one to another.
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by:gequezadag
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What you both guys are suggesting is effective when your .pst file is below the 2GB, once it has exceded the 2 GB it can't be opened, so my question again is how can I reduce the size of a .pst file that is already above the limit range (2GB)
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I think this should help you then...
http://www.slipstick.com/problems/repair2gbpst.htm
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by:sirbounty
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Just a note to add - we've used that several times for the same situation as you describe.  It works very well, but there have been a couple of times where some mail was lost.  Not much and not often does this occur - just sort of a 'disclaimer' here - not sure if that bit is in the link or not..
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