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Dear All,
our exchange 2003 server database priv1.edb is getting bigger more than 50GB but when I move the mail boxes to another mailbox store it becomes 10 GB this defragmentation is not logic, and the offline defrag does not solve the problem so do any one have any idea about how to solve the problem. since every month we have to move emails to different mailbox store so that this is the only way to shrink the database size
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are you saying that the database that you are moving mailboxes from grows 10 GB evrytime you move them?
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NO i meant that the database before moving it is large 60 GB and after moving the mailboxes to a new mailbox store it shrinks to 10 or 15 GB which means this is the actual size of the dtabase and the rest is fragmentation how to solve this problem ?
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well normally you would perform a offline defrag using eseutil and the /d switch

when you move mailboxes to another store the original store dosnt get any smaller untill you perform the above operation
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to solve this problem I usually move email boxes to a new mailbox store and then delete the old mailbox and this is done almost every two months to preserve the space on HD, and I can not stand to make offline since it takes time to finish.
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to solve this problem I usually move email boxes to a new mailbox store and then delete the old mailbox and this is done almost every two months to preserve the space on HD, and I can not stand to make offline since it takes time to finish. so I am looking for another solution other than this if some one can help and I want to ask why the database gets that large if the actual size is almost 1/6 of the fragmented size
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when you move mailboxes you are losing the single instance of emails so instead of having i email with pointers you will end up with large amounts of the same email.  

i would seriously consider upgrading the disk space on the server if you are having to perform this
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