Deleting Emails from Outlook Express



David S.
07-09-2005, 11:19 PM
My 40 gig hard drive is about full so I started deleting old emails - many
with graphic files of 5mb's or more. got rid of about a thousand and then
emptied my "deleted" folder as well but it didn't free up any space on my
hard drive. are they not actually being deleted until i preform some other
function? any other suggestions? thx. david

Kuay Tim
07-09-2005, 11:19 PM
Hi David,

After deleting you'll now need to compact the data base files to reclaim the
space.

File | Folder ... Compact All Folders

It is best to do this in Offline Mode. Let the process complete before doing
anything else.

--
Tim K.
aka Kuay Tim
MS-MVP - (IE/OE)
Lynnwood, WA
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"David S." <David S.@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:20C37331-0F1A-4C57-82B8-BFEACAAE26FC@microsoft.com...
My 40 gig hard drive is about full so I started deleting old emails - many
with graphic files of 5mb's or more. got rid of about a thousand and then
emptied my "deleted" folder as well but it didn't free up any space on my
hard drive. are they not actually being deleted until i preform some other
function? any other suggestions? thx. david

David S.
07-09-2005, 11:19 PM
unfortunately Windows wouldn't let me compact the folders - error message
said not enough disc space. in fact there's less free disc space now then
there was before I started deleting emails. i'm stymied. any suggestions?



"Kuay Tim" wrote:

> Hi David,
>
> After deleting you'll now need to compact the data base files to reclaim the
> space.
>
> File | Folder ... Compact All Folders
>
> It is best to do this in Offline Mode. Let the process complete before doing
> anything else.
>
> --
> Tim K.
> aka Kuay Tim
> MS-MVP - (IE/OE)
> Lynnwood, WA
> *
> "David S." <David S.@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:20C37331-0F1A-4C57-82B8-BFEACAAE26FC@microsoft.com...
> My 40 gig hard drive is about full so I started deleting old emails - many
> with graphic files of 5mb's or more. got rid of about a thousand and then
> emptied my "deleted" folder as well but it didn't free up any space on my
> hard drive. are they not actually being deleted until i preform some other
> function? any other suggestions? thx. david
>
>
>

Shenan Stanley
07-09-2005, 11:19 PM
David S. wrote:
> My 40 gig hard drive is about full so I started deleting old emails -
> many with graphic files of 5mb's or more. got rid of about a
> thousand and then emptied my "deleted" folder as well but it didn't
> free up any space on my hard drive. are they not actually being
> deleted until i preform some other function? any other suggestions?

First - Disk Cleanup... Get rid of all but the latest system restore point
and clean up all the temporary files. I don't recommend compressing files,
however.

Then get something like "SequoiaView" and use it to examine your C:\ drive
to visually discover where all your space is being taken up at..

Then in Tools -> Options -> Maintenance tab.. Select "Clean up Now" and see
how much space you are taking up..
Then click on Compact Now..

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--

Shenan Stanley
07-09-2005, 11:19 PM
David S. wrote:
> My 40 gig hard drive is about full so I started deleting old emails -
> many with graphic files of 5mb's or more. got rid of about a
> thousand and then emptied my "deleted" folder as well but it didn't
> free up any space on my hard drive. are they not actually being
> deleted until i preform some other function? any other suggestions?


Shenan Stanley wrote:
> First - Disk Cleanup... Get rid of all but the latest system restore
> point and clean up all the temporary files. I don't recommend
> compressing files, however.
>
> Then get something like "SequoiaView" and use it to examine your C:\
> drive to visually discover where all your space is being taken up at..
>
> Then in Tools -> Options -> Maintenance tab.. Select "Clean up Now"
> and see how much space you are taking up..
> Then click on Compact Now..

Forgot links...

Disk Cleanup:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310312

SequoiaView:
http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview/

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--

Ron Sommer
07-09-2005, 11:19 PM
Close Outlook Express.
Search for "deleted items.dbx" without the quotes. Include hidden files in
the
search.
Delete deleted items.dbx.
Restart OE.
--
Ron Sommer

"David S." <DavidS@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:09A53E06-0A7B-4094-89A6-F6F3181F3A10@microsoft.com...
> unfortunately Windows wouldn't let me compact the folders - error message
> said not enough disc space. in fact there's less free disc space now then
> there was before I started deleting emails. i'm stymied. any
> suggestions?
>
>
>
> "Kuay Tim" wrote:
>
>> Hi David,
>>
>> After deleting you'll now need to compact the data base files to reclaim
>> the
>> space.
>>
>> File | Folder ... Compact All Folders
>>
>> It is best to do this in Offline Mode. Let the process complete before
>> doing
>> anything else.
>>
>> --
>> Tim K.
>> aka Kuay Tim
>> MS-MVP - (IE/OE)
>> Lynnwood, WA
>> *
>> "David S." <David S.@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:20C37331-0F1A-4C57-82B8-BFEACAAE26FC@microsoft.com...
>> My 40 gig hard drive is about full so I started deleting old emails -
>> many
>> with graphic files of 5mb's or more. got rid of about a thousand and
>> then
>> emptied my "deleted" folder as well but it didn't free up any space on my
>> hard drive. are they not actually being deleted until i preform some
>> other
>> function? any other suggestions? thx. david
>>
>>
>>

PA Bear
07-09-2005, 11:19 PM
Windows version?
--
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-Windows (IE/OE) & Security

David S. wrote:
> unfortunately Windows wouldn't let me compact the folders - error message
> said not enough disc space. in fact there's less free disc space now then
> there was before I started deleting emails. i'm stymied. any
> suggestions?
>
> > After deleting you'll now need to compact the data base files to
> > reclaim the space.
> >
> > File | Folder ... Compact All Folders
> >
> > It is best to do this in Offline Mode. Let the process complete before
> > doing anything else.
> >
> > My 40 gig hard drive is about full so I started deleting old emails -
> > many with graphic files of 5mb's or more. got rid of about a thousand
> > and then emptied my "deleted" folder as well but it didn't free up any
> > space on my hard drive. are they not actually being deleted until i
> > preform some other function? any other suggestions? thx. david


Deleting Emails from Outlook Express