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Can't delete old emails in Personal Folders on Outlook 2003.

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I've been trying to shrink my personal folders by deleting some old (really old) emails. Everytime I select an email to delete, it returns with this message, "The messaging interface has returned an unknown error. If the problem persists, please restart Outlook."

I've ran SCANPST.exe 3 times now and even ran SCANOST.exe just to be sure. Can anyone please help me on this really annoying problem?

Thanks.
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by:war1
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Greetings, amoray !

Backup the PST file. Then run PST2GB utility to reduce the size of PST below 2 GB.

http://www.slipstick.com/problems/repair2gbpst.htm


Best wishes!
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by:omrisiri
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Check that the file is not Marked read only or system or archive.
Try also to do the Compact Now on the file see if it changes the file then try to delete again

If everything else fails i would create a new PST and just move only the mails you want to it.
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by:amoray
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war1:

the file size is 1.2 g. I migrated the pst file from Outlook 2000 into Outlook 2003. After I migrated the Outlook2000 file to Outlook 2003, any email that was on the old file are the ones I can't delete. But I can delete any new emails that come in though.

omrisiri: The file is not marked as read only or system archive. I'm now using Outlook 2003. The file contains over 27,000 emails though the file size is only 1.2 G. So moving selected emails is not going to be a task I'll be looking forward to.
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by:amoray
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war1:

I forgot to respond to your actual note. Anyway, I now run XP Pro and Office 2003 (which I'm sure you've already figured out). So I downloaded the file and read through the docs on it. Will this still run on WinXP and Office 2003 even if the file size is only 1.2 G?
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amoray,

>> Will this still run on WinXP and Office 2003 even if the file size is only 1.2 G?

1. Yes, the file will run, but PST2GB will not anything as the file is below 1.97 GB.

2. What happens when you run scanPST utility?  No error?  Try using Outlook Recovery
http://www.officerecovery.com/outlook/index.htm   Demo recovery

3. If no joy, creat a new PST file and drag all the emails and contacts addresses tp tje new PST file.
Create a new PST file.
http://www.outlook-tips.net/howto/profile.htm

Then drag all the emails and contacts addresses to the new PST file.
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Amoray,
Try the following as well - Update to office 2003 SP2 (If you haven't yet)

Create a new outlook profile


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Try emptying the deleted items folder inside the PST as well.
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amoray,

We have not heard from you. Did any comment help you solve your problem? Do you have any more question? If an Expert helped you, please accept his/her answer above with an excellent or good grade.

Thanks, war1
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