From August Abolins@1:153/757.21 to All on Thursday, April 08, 2021 22:48:00
I use MS Outlook for email at my shop. Over a year has
transpired since the covid stuff took over my life and I hadn't
been feeling like keeping up with the pace of incoming emails
that could normally be deleted. Sure enough, I was reaching the
2GB limit that MS Outlook has with its email .PST files.
My .PST file was at about 1.96GB
From there, it wouldn't be long before incoming email and the
ability to even delete emails would simply stop.
My vendors would often send catalog details with images and
attachments. 30% of the mail were messages over 100MB each!
About 30% more were emails between 20MB up to 100MB. What a
friggin freakshow email has become. Other messages had to do
with covid policies and announcements.
A lot of that sh*t simply had to go.
So, I decided to dedicate most of my day to purging old
material. Man.. it was so cathartic to simply delete most of
the incoming messages from 2019 and 2020.
I deleted over 1140 pieces of email, some not even read. But I
still had to walk through each and every one to ensure that I
wasn't deleting something like an invoice or a bill that I
Once the messages are deleted, the .PST file needs to be
compacted to eliminate the "empty spaces" and obtain the true
size of the file.
The result was a cool reduction from 1.96GB to:
Directory of C:\OUTLOOK Data
08/04/2021 09:39 AM 1,351,549,952 august.pst
That gives me some breathing room to grow again and ignore the
next batch of incoming crap.