Priv1.edb is to large also after a defrag of the store....

My Priv1.edb is to large. Yesterday my Priv1.edb was 59 GB then I defraged my store and the file is now 47 GB, but when I export all the mailboxes and look at the size it says: 25 GB. My "Keep deleted items" is 7 days, the same is "Keep deleted mailboxes". Is it because of these settings? or can it be something else?
Help.. Thanks!
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ikm7176Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Actual space from deleted emails is not made availiable until the deleted item retention has expired

lower the item retention settings and  see what you find after online defrag
what bersion of exchange? 2000? Standard or Enterprise?
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How did you defrag the database? Online or offline? Offline can release more space than online.
mortenhemAuthor Commented:
I dismounted the store and then I runed "c:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\BIN\eseutil" /d E:\exchsrvr\MDBDATA\priv1.edb /t E:\exchsrvr\MDBDATA\tempdfrg.edb
mortenhemAuthor Commented:
The version is Exchange 2003 Enterprise...

"Take a look in the Exchange System Manager under Servers->"name"->First Storage Group->Mailbox Store->Mailboxes and see which mailbox is growing. That might give you a clue why the priv1.edb is growing. If you need you can export data from the database store using Exmerge. You might want to take a look at these articles for some more info on common issues with Exmerge and;en-us;823143. Also take a look at for a tutorial on how to use it. After that run an offline defrag to reclaim disk space, see e.g. or;EN-US;192185 for instructions."
mortenhemAuthor Commented:
I have looked in "Exchange System Manager under Servers->"name"->First Storage Group->Mailbox Store->Mailboxes" and then I exported the data and imported it to Excel... all the mailboxes size is 25 GB, and as I said the priv1.edb is physical 47 GB...
Before the offline defrag the priv1.edb was 59 GB.
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