How to open a PST file over 2 GB

Posted on 2009-12-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Hi Experts,

One of my CEOs, is having some issues opening a PST file over than 2 GB.

As far as I know, PST files have a size limit of about 2gb and what has happened is his PST file has exceeded this size and outlook cannot handle it

Is there a way to recover all emails from that PST, or opened it with another tool?

Thanks in advance
Question by:Jerry Seinfield
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    Expert Comment

    You cannot recover the email that has gone over 2gb if it is in the older format. There is a tool from Microsoft which will allow the file to be opened, but it simply cuts the file down to size. Everything over 2gb will be lost.

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    try  opening with outlook 2007 or use


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    by:Jerry Seinfield
    Hi Tahussle,

    How reliable is that tool?

    As far as I know, that tool split the pst in 2 files, is that correct?

    Once the PST has been splited, is there a risk of losing data?

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    Hi There's always a potential of loosing data when carrying out any data manipulation . I would take a backup before doing anything else.

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