Saturday, February 19, 2011

The necessity to Split PST

Microsoft Office Outlook is generally used in rapid communication environment. With each exchange of e-mails and other vital business information, your mailbox gets piled up. This is the reason why you see a dramatic change in Outlook PST (Personal Storage Folder) file size and hence, in Outlook performance. Moreover, large PST files can turn into a serious source of trouble if you use Outlook 2002 or an older version. Let me explain why.

MS Office Outlook 2002 and its older versions use ANSI (American National Standards Institute) format PST, which allows a threshold value of only 2 GB. Also, PST is a database. Therefore, when you delete any item (for say, an e-mail, note, contact or journal) from Outlook PST, it doesn’t bring any considerable effect in its file size. It only makes the occupied space available. The PST file can land up in corruption or might leave Outlook lethargic if in case the file size is about to reach the threshold value.

In order to work around the issue, if not totally eliminate, you need to manage your PST before it could cause troubles. For the purpose, you should act fast to split PST file by using a third party tool.

To know if you really need a split PST tool, check out your PST file size by performing few simple steps, underlined below:
  1. Select your mailbox displaying in the left panel of Outlook window
  2. Right-click the mailbox and click Properties
  3. Click the folder size button
If you find your PST bulky, download and start splitting your file.

A PST file splitter doesn’t hamper the overall productivity of Outlook. It splits wisely, while ensuring that even a single bit of data is preserved. Such tools provide multiple parameters to divide your file, for example, on the basis of date.

Each small chunk of PST is usable within Outlook and is independent of the original PST file. To experience the power of split PST tools, start downloading now.

Applies To:

  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2002
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2000
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 98

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