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File Size Limitation
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Hi All . . . Well my wife gave me the evil eye because her Outlook Express could not send a message and it was stuck in the Outbox. I tried several things until I recalled something about maximum file size being 2 gigabytes. Sure enough when I checked the Sent Items dbx in the Store Folder, it was just over 2GB. So I created a couple of archive folders in Outlook Express and moved the massive messages into there. Now with the Sent Items dbx essentialy empty, I attempted to send my wife's emails AND THEY WENT WITHOUT COMPLAINT!!! Huraaaayyyy!!!!! So pay attention to file size . . . that is the key learning for tonight!
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#2
Thanks for sharing this bauto, did that computer have a fat32 or ntfs formatted hard drive?
Rafael
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#3
Hi Rafail, The Windows 7 computer has an NTFS 500GB hard drive. I ran into what apparently is a 2GB ceiling for file size before. That time, it may have been related to a large file being "stuck" in the Outbox dbx causing the file to be sent repeatedly, driving the recipients nuts. But when doing a little Google searching, NTFS doesn't report a 2GB file size maximum. Strange! So there must be something else at play here. I'm not enough of a "gear head" to get into HD formatting weeds. All I know is that when I cleared up the Send Items dbx, things worked just fine.
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#4
Since OE is a pretty old program, I wonder if it is the source of a dbx file size limitation.
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#5
most likely oe has been setup for 2gb limit. In any case, big files may cause many problems.
I always suggest keeping folder size under 1-2 gb.
Rafael
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(02-03-2017, 05:17 AM)Rafail Wrote: most likely oe has been setup for 2gb limit. In any case, big files may cause many problems.
I always suggest keeping folder size under 1-2 gb.

Tried to compress an ~860mb dbx on w7 with this OE version, and it does not do it (error folder in use by another program), but all other folders (up til incl my 2nd largest ~791mb it does).
But this one with ~860mb did compact on xp3.
So I wonder what is going on?
Is the size this version here can compact perhaps under 800mb or what do you recommend?
Thx!
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#7
You cannot compress dbx files while outlook express is running. You must close outlook express and copy or compress dbx files.
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#8
OE is a VERY old program - probably from the beginning of millenium. At that time, 2GB has been estimated as a huge space, since at that time (as I remember) actual HDDs were sized 20-40G. And it is well know bug in OE, that exceeding 2G in any folder (1 file which contains all messages in that folder) leads to a problem. Sometime it is possible to recover mails from it, sometime it is not an easy task (manually or using some software).
So my advice to all my clients is to make a new folder at the beginnig of the year (named as previous year) and move all files from the last year to it, separatelly for INBOX and SENT ITEMS. Usualy, 2 Gigs are enough for receiving/sending 1 year of emails, unles you are dealing with some big attachments and/or you are not deleting unnecessary emails/spams.

I have to send a great THANK YOU for having this site, which I have found today, since I did not have an adequate replacement for OE (except OE classic) till now!
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#9
ali-dzi, thanks for your suggestions, i agree that creating new folders is best way
Rafael
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(02-28-2017, 07:04 AM)Rafail Wrote: You cannot compress dbx files while outlook express is running. You must close outlook express and copy or compress dbx files.

Works for all folders flawlessly (except the mentioned one in the stated case).
Usually you only go onto that folder and select the options to compress in the file menu. But if you are in/on that folder, it may give you the error as stated (but not always), but one can avoid that, if one goes to folder view (i.e. one is not in/on any folder in the tree view), and then selecting single folder compress or all works perfectly, without error in xp3 (but here there is an error for the one folder as mentioned). I think in w7 it works slightly differently re memory limits. After experimenting, I found I have to keep it about 100mb smaller, then this error does not come up.
Hence my question about the memory limits.
Maybe if you experiment a bit with this (size & compress issue), we will learn more.
Thx in any case...am absolutely happy OE works under w7 Smile
Again max kudos!!!
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