I received a great answer from BlueDevilFan to my previous folder count Q at
Since I am doing recovery from PST files, and comparing the folder sizes, I am working in offline mode, so that the production mail is not affected while I import and count various PST files.
I need the same solution that will work Offline in 2003, or a way to open a PST file , import it, and not have it affect the production mail and do the count
Now I get an error when offline after it has counted the regular folders and reaches Public folders.
Sine I am using a blank IMAP account to import the PST files, it never reaches the imported PST mail. Another option may be to skip the public folder count.
Thanks in advance !