Optimizing Exchange 2003 DB

Hello...
I am having a problem with my Exchange 2003 server... its DB size is growing rapidly and this caused the information store to be dismounted and the mail server to stop accordingly...

Here is a brief background about the problem... The mail server started to go down almost daily, and this was due to DB size reaching the limit.. so we changed the information store size to the max (75GB as per Microsoft)... everything went fine during the last few months but started again recently...

In the Event viewer the error said the size is reaching 86GB and the information store will be dismounted in regular basis... I tried cleaning all users mailboxes, the total size became 27GB.. but the problem is still there and the DB is still increasing...

After googling, i found that I need to optimize the DB using ESEUTIL, but again this needs a minimum free disk space twice the current DB size which is not available on the same drive...

Anyone can help me to sort out this problem as it's making my life miserable.. everyday I have to restart the information store manually... I though of moving the .stm file to different drive and compress the .edb file then move back the .stm file again... All I am worried about is not to lose the exchange DB and the users emails...
sfardanAsked:
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rakeshmiglaniCommented:
the .stm and .edb file needs to be defragged at the same time
you have the option of running the defrag on another server
check http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328804 and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/244525/
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sfardanAuthor Commented:
Thanks..
but what to do if I don't have enough space to do the offline defrag on the same partition...?
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rakeshmiglaniCommented:
do you have any other server with enough space?
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sfardanAuthor Commented:
Yes I have, but it's not an Exchange server...
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rakeshmiglaniCommented:
that should not be a problem.
the articles that i have posted above has the steps to defrag on a non-exchange server.
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