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    Default Outlook Express compacting messages

    I suppose letting OE compact mesages is a bit like a small defrag operation? As I'm using an SSD, should I still let OE do this, or is it just a minor job, so let OE go ahead?

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    Default Re: Outlook Express compacting messages

    "Compacting messages" in OE is not like defrag at all - it's simply removing the deleted items from the database.
    When you delete emails, and even when "emptying" the deleted items, the emails are not actually deleted - they are just no longer shown.When the "compacting" is done, that's when they actually get deleted, and the space is reclaimed in the database

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    Default Re: Outlook Express compacting messages

    Quote Originally Posted by rumpty View Post
    I suppose letting OE compact mesages is a bit like a small defrag operation? As I'm using an SSD, should I still let OE do this, or is it just a minor job, so let OE go ahead?
    backup first , in case it all turns sour
    Is it actually OE , or just Outlook
    OE has a 2Gb mailbox size limit, when it gets close that that it gets corrupted . Really shouldnt be using OE anymore

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    Default Re: Outlook Express compacting messages

    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    backup first , in case it all turns sour
    Is it actually OE , or just Outlook
    OE has a 2Gb mailbox size limit, when it gets close that that it gets corrupted . Really shouldnt be using OE anymore
    Thanks bevy121 and 1101.

    It is OE. Every month or two it asks for permission to "save space by compacting messages". I let it do it, and it does also provide a back up of all the mailboxes in the Recycle Bin, in case things go bad.

    My Inbox is never near 2GB, more like 0.2GB. OE just works, there seems to be no reason to ditch it. Touch wood.

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