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Average PST file size on a home/personal computer

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Average PST file size on a home/personal computer

karthikn14
Hi,

Does anyone have any idea as to how/where I can find out the average PST file size on a home/personal computer on MS Outlook 2003 or other Outlook programs.

Thanks for the help.

K
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    CharlieSpencer

    Is this a theoretical question, or do you have to actually do this?

    Are we talking about the .PSTs on one computer, or an average of the sizes of .PST files on all home computers worldwide?

    Prior to Outlook 2003, there was a limit of 2 gig on .PST files. Once a file reached that size it became corrupted due to a bug in Outlook. There were tools available from MS and third parties to repair the file. I don't know if that problem still exists in 2003.

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    gsquared

    The 2003 PST files can go to 13 Tbytes per MS. I've tested them up to 14 Gig with no difficulty, but I haven't gone beyond that.

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    karthikn14

    Hi Folks,

    Thanks for all of your replies. Sorry if I was not clear.

    I actually wanted the 'Average' PST file size on all home computers worldwide, if possible or atleast an guestimated number for application dev.

    Thanks

    K

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    gsquared

    I seriously doubt anyone actually knows that data. Try searching for it in Google (or your search of choice), you might get lucky.

    Since 2 Gig was the limit for Office 2000, it's probably somewhere in that range; I'm infering, not basing that on any sort of sample data or anything.

    Also, you can pretty much assume any software you develop based on that information will be obsolete in short order, as people store more and more e-mail. With a 13 Tb limit in Office 2003, the amount may start to go up. With more and more people moving towards Web mail (which doesn't generate a .pst file), it may go dramatically down.

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    gsquared

    There really isn't a tool for this, but if you're looking for the data for a particular computer, you can do a Search for *.pst files.

    Then show the details (including size) and it will tell you how big they are.

    You can also, in Outlook 2003 (and prior versions), right click on the icon for a folder (including the "root folder"; eg: "Personal Folders"), go to Folder Properties (bottom of the list), and click on Folder Size, and it will give you the details on that folder, including sub-folder size.

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    Brooklyns Finest

    microsoft says you at least a MAXIMUM of 2gb per .pst...however if your on a exchange server it can be bigger but as you stated a home/personal computer should have a the maximum of 2gb...if its bigger you risk the chance of having the file corrupted and loss of data...hope this helps

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    gsquared

    Outlook 2003 increased that limit to 13 Tb.

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    Brooklyns Finest

    the default settings are still 2gb...you may have to make changes in the registry

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    CharlieSpencer

    Is this a theoretical question, or do you have to actually do this?

    Are we talking about the .PSTs on one computer, or an average of the sizes of .PST files on all home computers worldwide?

    Prior to Outlook 2003, there was a limit of 2 gig on .PST files. Once a file reached that size it became corrupted due to a bug in Outlook. There were tools available from MS and third parties to repair the file. I don't know if that problem still exists in 2003.

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    gsquared

    The 2003 PST files can go to 13 Tbytes per MS. I've tested them up to 14 Gig with no difficulty, but I haven't gone beyond that.

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    karthikn14

    Hi Folks,

    Thanks for all of your replies. Sorry if I was not clear.

    I actually wanted the 'Average' PST file size on all home computers worldwide, if possible or atleast an guestimated number for application dev.

    Thanks

    K

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    gsquared

    I seriously doubt anyone actually knows that data. Try searching for it in Google (or your search of choice), you might get lucky.

    Since 2 Gig was the limit for Office 2000, it's probably somewhere in that range; I'm infering, not basing that on any sort of sample data or anything.

    Also, you can pretty much assume any software you develop based on that information will be obsolete in short order, as people store more and more e-mail. With a 13 Tb limit in Office 2003, the amount may start to go up. With more and more people moving towards Web mail (which doesn't generate a .pst file), it may go dramatically down.

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    gsquared

    There really isn't a tool for this, but if you're looking for the data for a particular computer, you can do a Search for *.pst files.

    Then show the details (including size) and it will tell you how big they are.

    You can also, in Outlook 2003 (and prior versions), right click on the icon for a folder (including the "root folder"; eg: "Personal Folders"), go to Folder Properties (bottom of the list), and click on Folder Size, and it will give you the details on that folder, including sub-folder size.

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    Brooklyns Finest

    microsoft says you at least a MAXIMUM of 2gb per .pst...however if your on a exchange server it can be bigger but as you stated a home/personal computer should have a the maximum of 2gb...if its bigger you risk the chance of having the file corrupted and loss of data...hope this helps

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    gsquared

    Outlook 2003 increased that limit to 13 Tb.

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    Brooklyns Finest

    the default settings are still 2gb...you may have to make changes in the registry