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how to increase the size of personel folder in outlook 2003.

I have MS-outlook 2003 installed on windows xp with sp3. i am not able to send\receive mails. when i try to do any operation it shows the message as " outlook.pst has reached its maximum size. to reduce the data amount of this file , select some items that you no longer need and then permanently delete them by pressing shift+delete. you could also consider using the new outlook personel folder introduced with outlook 2003 that provide greater capacity for storing items and folders "

when i google it says maximum size is 20GB but my pst file is only 2gb.

If its 2GB how do i create new pst files. ?
Can i increase the existing pst file size?
Is it possible to increase archieve.pst file size?
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Old PSTs were limited to 2gb, ther is a new PST format, Unicode, that will allow much larger.

anuboggaramAuthor Commented:

thanks for the immediate reply. Great!. i will try this and get back to you soon.
anuboggaramAuthor Commented:
hey! this document says that after changing it to unicode all my mails will be changed to date of import. its dangerous for me. i have 2gb official mails and cannot search all mails every time.
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May I recommend then, creating a new (second) personal folder and placing the emails in that directory? I have had users with 3 and 4 of them at a time due to their need for record retention.
Try creating a new unicode PST and manually Drag-and-drop an email folder to it. I do not think this changes the receipt date on the email.... I used this manual method when I had to migrate some users to a new Exchange server and their dates are all OK.

At the very least take a backup of your existing PST.
anuboggaramAuthor Commented:
Is there a method to create Unicode PST?? or i create a new profile as usual?

Currently i am following 2nd method as mentioned in the link that you said. In that its mentioned that
 "Connect the ANSI PST to your profile"  what does it mean???
and from where i move the mails to new pst. i am trying using export from old pst to new pst by selecting to export all subfolders.

Is that the right method?
Hello anuboggaram,

Create a new PST file. Make sure you select the Outlook 2003 format.

Then drag all the emails and contacts addresses to the new PST file.

Then make the new PST file the default.

Hope this helps!
anuboggaramAuthor Commented:
It was critical issue as there was no time for me. It saved my time as well. It was slightly confusing but i could do it after going through the document once again.
Thanks a lot.
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