Solved

Is it safe to delete Outlook.bak?

Posted on 2008-10-03
4
7,294 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I noticed under my Outlook Application Data folder there a file called Outlook.bak. I also have a file called Outlook.pst, but the .bak file is larger than the .pst file. Is it safe to delete the .bak file? Cos the size is very big, 1.9GB, and it's taking lots of my disk space.
0
Comment
Question by:melwong
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:DraconianSoul
ID: 22639429
What version of Outlook are you currently using?  Have you ever used an older version?
0
 

Author Comment

by:melwong
ID: 22639452
Outlook 2007
0
 
LVL 3

Accepted Solution

by:
DraconianSoul earned 50 total points
ID: 22639472
Hmmm... I can't verify it, but I beleive the .bak file was a feature from older versions of Outlook.  If you had been running an older version at some point it could have created the file.  In which case you really don't need it.  The PST file is very important though, that is where you email resides.

Before you go and delete it, I would suggest copying it to another location on your hard disk and changing the name. That will simulate deleteing the file without actually losing the data.  If Outlook complains, you could move the file back to the original location and name.

Also, check the modify time.  If it has been a significant ammount of time, chances are nothing is using it.
0
 

Author Comment

by:melwong
ID: 22639488
ok, i think you're right. no far Outlook didn't complain. I'll proceed to delete.
0

Featured Post

Zoho SalesIQ

Hassle-free live chat software re-imagined for business growth. 2 users, always free.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

What does UTC stand for?  “Coordinated Universal Time” – Think of this as the true time on Planet Earth that never changes with the exception of minor leap seconds here and there to account for the changes in the planet's rotation.   What does th…
Read this checklist to learn more about the 15 things you should never include in an email signature.
This Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial shows how to tell Microsoft Office that a word is NOT spelled correctly. Microsoft Office has a built-in, main dictionary that is shared by Office apps, including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. When …
To add imagery to an HTML email signature, you have two options available to you. You can either add a logo/image by embedding it directly into the signature or hosting it externally and linking to it. The vast majority of email clients display l…

911 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

23 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now