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Multiple PST Archives / Merging - Best Practices

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Last Modified: 2018-01-18
Hi,

I've got

1.1Gb
1.2Gb
3.5Gb
2.3Gb
and
14Gb

Outlook archives.

Just the 14Gb is visible in the right pane of Outlook, under the active day-to-day folders.  Does that mean the other archives are not searched?

Seems like, if I wanted to have ALL the data available, I should merge them?  Am I right?

If yes, that'd be over 20Gb in one .PST  What's best practices here?  If it were you, and you wanted access to the messages, would you merge them all into one huge PST?  And then keep that open along with the main data file in Outlooks right pane?

Or, is there a better way to be sure I'm searching all my mail?

Sincerely,

OT
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