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Can not copy a pst file

Hi there,
I am troubleshooting a problematic PC for a friend. It is extremely old and he is replacing the PC. I am trying to get his emails off the PC. I have located the pst file I want. It is 2.6GB. When I try and copy and paste it to another HDD it fails when it gets to about 2.0GB.
I have tried via the XP in which the HDD is installed, also I have put the HDD in a different PC, also tried Linux Ubuntu.

How can I get the file across? I assume it is corrupted. Can a repair of a pst be attempted? If so, what do I need?

Thanks,
Jack
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Don S.Commented:
Make sure the destination is formatted with NTFS.  FAT formated drives do not allow files larger than 2gb.
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JackHodsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
That might explain why it would not go to my USB stick but not so sure about the other HDD as I think it is NTFS.

I have now opened a fresh Outlook profile and I am importing the pst. Will see if this works.

Thanks,
Jack
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JackHodsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Seems to be fine. Has imported all mail. Also, both HDDs are NTFS.

Very odd.
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CanusRufusCommented:
Outlook 2003 and 2007 does not like .pst files that are 2 Gigs and larger. When the files hit this mark strange and funny things may happen.
I'd split the .pst to two files that are smaller than 2 Gigs.

take a look at this link
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830336

Also, if it's outlook 2010 than never mind, .pst files can be much much larger
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982577
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CanusRufusCommented:
my fault, 2003 is 2 GIgs and 2007 appears to be 20 Gigs

sooo, void if outlook is above the 2003 version.
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JackHodsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Closed as import worked fine.
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