How do you shrink down in Outlook 2007 PST file
Posted on 2012-03-30
I have a PC running windows XP Pro with Outlook 2007. When I go to the property page of the personal folder it shows the total size of the mail folders at 1.3 GB. When I checked the size of the actual PST file it shows over 8 GB.
- I ran the Outlook compaction tool but it made no change in the physical size.
- Interestingly enough, I performed a full export of all the mail folders to a file called backup.PST. It showed up as 1.3 GB. , Very close to the same size as recorded in the properties of the personal folder.
My question is,
- what is the actual size?
- Does the 8 gigabyte file have a lot of white space that the compaction tool can I get rid of?
- Could I just delete the original 8 GB file and rename the backup.PST to Outlook.PST and point Outlook to this 1.3 GB file file?
I see this dozens of times. Any recommendation greatly appreciated.