So our Exchange 2000 server shutdown last night as we went over our 16 gig storage limit. I was able to remove 650MB off that drive so I could restart the mail services and it was successful. Now I am trying to free up some space by having all of our people archive their mailboxes and to purge any unused mailboxes that we have. The problem is our priv1.edb is staying constant even after I have deleted/archived massive amounts of mail. I have "Keep Deleted items/mailboxes" set at 0 days.
I would like to free up some space without using Offline Defrag because I don't have enough room on this server to do this. Well, I have two partitions our paging drive 17 gigs available and our Data drive 19 gigs available. Would I be able to utilize these drives for an offline defrag? Also, I am concerned at the risk of doing the Offline defrag since our tape backup library/drive is under repair and I havent had a backup of the Mailbox store since last week. Is there a lot of risk in doing this operation? I appreciate any advice that you can give me as I watch that 650MB dwindle down. Thanks