Is your Outlook data ready to crash – Outlook will not open?

By standss Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

While checking something on my dad’s computer over the weekend, I found out that he will probably LOSE YEARS WORTH OF EMAILS soon… This is through no fault of his own and there will be no warning when it happens… Outlook will simply stop working.

Here’s how you can check to see if you may also have the same problem in the future.

Very briefly… Dad has been using Outlook since Outlook 2000.

If you are using an Outlook data file that was originally created by a version of Outlook prior to Outlook 2003, then your data file has a maximum possible size of 2 GB.

If this data file exceeds 2 GB (there is no warning as you approach this limit), Outlook will simply stop working. There are ways to recover your data but they’re not easy. (I’m glad I discovered this issue before the data got corrupted and he made me try and recover it)

What do you need to do? Find out the size and version of your Outlook data file. Full instructions are in the post on How to maintain Outlook data (PST) files that I did last week.

(I wrote about this topic last week but thought it worthwhile to stress the point in light of the discovery on dad’s computer)

Categories : Outlook Performance

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