Managing Oversized Outlook Data Files, No Longer Rocket Science!

The words ‘Data’ and ‘Communication’ are an indispensable part of our lives by all literal means. Both of them exclusively define Outlook and are also dependent on each other.

Outlook is a widely adapted “Personal Manager”. Apart from being an email application, it also manages our contacts, keeps track of our appointments and plays various other roles that Outlook users are aware of. The various roles of Outlook give rise to various types of Data.  Outlook Data on your system is stored in personal folders i.e. PST files.

As time goes by, your Outlook data keeps on increasing. The more the data, the more shall be the size of your PST files. Now, we all know that there is a certain limitation on the size of the PST files. The latest versions of Outlook i.e. Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016 have a limit of 50 GB imposed on them. When the size of the data files reaches or by chance happen to exceed the size limit, Outlook’s performance is hampered to a large extent.

Sadly, Outlook has got no technique of its own to reduce the size of these PST files. But, there are other means in which you can decrease the size of the PST files. They are Compacting and Splitting respectively.

Compacting done right

One of the convenient ways to tame an oversized PST file and the problems caused by it is compacting. It is a way to reclaim the space that used to be occupied by some other data file. This is one of the fastest ways to make space on the hard drive. Here you can know alpha and omega of compacting.

Split in need

Splitting of the oversized PST files into smaller PST files can solve the issues related to oversized PST file to a very large extent. Other than this, splitting also helps you organize and sort your data.

Point to remember: Compacting or splitting of oversized PST files can be a risky process. If not attempted properly or the processes fail, it can lead to damage or corruption of PST files. It is always recommended to have a back-up of the PST files before performing any action on them.

However, it is completely human if this slips out of your mind.

In that case, a PST repair tool will come handy.

Managing Oversized Outlook Data Files, No Longer Rocket Science! was last modified: September 1st, 2016 by John Harris

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