Reducing Data, Increasing File Size
Name: Jim B.
For backup purposes I am trying to reduce the quantity of
the data to back up. I am running a WIN 2000 pro system. I had about
13K files, some with large attachments, in my Outlook Express Inbox.DBF
and Sent Items.DBF files. They totaled about 2.8GB worth of data. I
deleted most of the files (out of the Deleted Items area as well). The
size of the 2 aforementioned DBX files actually increased slightly. I
did not expect that. The result is that my backup problems are
exacerbated. What is up?
The most recent issue of the magazine PC World (Summer 2004) had several
recommendations for freeing up disc space. There is inexpensive software
that can help by defragging registry files (not a task for the timid). The
option that I was not aware of is deleting files in the "sent items"
folder of Outlook Express. This is different than the "deleted items"
folder, and at least on my computer was not showing the number of files
contained in the "sent items" folder. I freed up 2Gb of old messages by
emptying this folder. It is worth a try.
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