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Outlook 2003 error message when I try to close pst files

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Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I opened some old pst files searching for something and now I can't close them. I get the following error message: "The operation failed. An object could not be found." I also get the same message when I manually Send/Receive. I am running Outlook 2003 and connecting through an Mi8 hosted Exchange Server. Any way to fix this besides rebuilding a whole new profile? Thanks.

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Can you go under control panel ->  mail and then click on Data files and remove the files from there?

if so, be sure to remove the old pst files that you don't want and not the default which you are already using.


Just to add to jcullins comments, you must try the above while Outlook is closed.

Close Outlook
Start>Control Panel>Settings>Mail>Data Files>
Select the PST file which you recently added and click on 'Remove'

If it gives any error while trying to remove then it could be because of an open session of Outlook.
Reboot you computer and try removing the PST file as mentioned above.



I wish I had tried this before I tried the following. It seems that I solved one problem and created another. I used Code2's PSTGhostbuster which successfully removed the 7 ghost pst files, temporarily, by deleting them from the registry. However, 7 new files with the name <0w#25> have appeared, which seem even harder to eliminate. Further suggestions? Thanks.


you said 7 new files? Are they showing up in outlook anymore or are there just 7 new files on your harddrive?


Yes, 7 new folders in the Outlook folder list, acting as if they were pst files, except they all have the same name (<0w#25>), and they won't open or close. They took the place of the 7 ghost folders that PSTGhostbuster "removed" from the registry. They do not seem to appear anywhere on the hard drive, although they do show up as 7 empty fields in the "locations" associated with my profile in the control panel.
Well when you go under mail in control panel, while outlook is closed, so you see the entries in data files?  Can you click on them and remove them, if not, you may, at this point, have to export the correct pst file and remove the profile and reimport the file when you create the new mail profile.  This ghost pst file program may have hosed your mail profile.  

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No, they're blank and cannot be removed. I was trying to avoid creating a new profile, but that may be my only alternative, Thanks.
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