Do you face any kind of issue with MS Outlook files? Because large and oversized PST files are hard to manage and cause troubles in PC performance and corruption issues, it is very important to split these up into several smaller, but manageable parts.
The file size limitation in Outlook PST is a serious matter of discussion for people using Outlook. When the size limit of PST file exceeds, it causes serious trouble related to performance of MS Outlook. Sometimes, PST files often get corrupt due to file size limitation. Hence, things go even worse. Generally, MS Outlook uses two types of PST files – Unicode and ANSI. In older Outlook versions like 98 to 2002, ANSI PST file can store only around 2 GB of mailbox data. In newer versions, like from 2003 to 2016, Unicode PST file is used that extends the size limit from 20 GB to 50 GB.
If any of these formats exceed the size limit, the risk of corruption is significantly increased. Once PST file is corrupt, it causes serious loss of your important mailbox data, including contacts, emails, appointments, calendars, attachments and tasks. As an Outlook user, you have to ensure that PST files are not oversized.
Why PST File Exceeds Size Limit?
The whole mailbox content is stored in Outlook PST file. You may consider a PST file a jar. The more liquid you add in it, the less empty space is left. This way, the more emails you receive and send, the less the space is left for PST file. Within short time, you end up with no size limit and PST file goes corrupt. Duplicate items also take more space. It is another common reason why PST files exceed size limit so quicker. A duplicate item in Outlook can be anything, such as contact, email message, note etc. Like its original item, the size is also the same. For example, if PST file has up to 100 Outlook items of 100 MB along with duplicates, they will take around 200 MB of space.
To overcome this issue, you have two options. First of all, you can compact the file size in Outlook PST with Compact Now feature in MS Outlook. Next up, you can also split up PST file into several smaller parts to manage them easily. Luckily, you can perform both of these steps manually. You don’t have to use any third-party software.
Step by Step Guide to Split PST Data File Manually:
There are three built-in options in MS Outlook to transfer mailbox items from One PST file to another – Import & Export, Archive and Move to Folder. This way, Archive is the ideal way as it allows users create archive.pst file of the desired folder and subfolders.
- In Outlook client, choose the desired PST file.
- Click on File tab and Info. On the drop down menu, select Cleanup Tools
- From the list, select Archive to open “Archive” dialog box. Check the “Archive this folder and all subfolders’ box.
- Choose the mailbox folder to archive, such as Inbox. Choose “Archive Items Older Than” and “Browse” to save the new archive.pst file.
- You can also rename the new archive.pst file. Click OK to proceed
- You can choose any name to save the new file. It will list the selected location in edit box. Click on “OK” and create new file.
You may now check the new PST file which has all the emails you have got. “Move to Folder” and “Export & Import” are other features to transfer your mailbox items.
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