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Outlook 2003 archive folders intermittantly not opening

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  1. Mzun

    Mzun Thread Starter

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    A user at my workplace intermittantly get the following error message when trying to open his archive folders on Outlook 2003:

    Archive.pst is in use and could not be accessed. Close any application that is using this file, and then try again.

    If he then closes Outlook and opens it again he usually can open his archive folders (he has about 6) but after opening several of them he gets the error message again. I initially thought it was a corrupt pst file but they can't all be corrupt.
    Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
     
  2. Rockn

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    Are the archive folders on a network share?
     
  3. Mzun

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    No, they're on the local drive.
     
  4. Rockn

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    And this person really needs 6 archive folders? How large are each one of these archive folders he is trying to access?
     
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    He doesn't really need them all. Some of them are pretty old and came from previous PCs and I don't think he needs to reference them. A few of the PST files are near the 2GB limit which is why he need new ones, however the two most recent are around 500MB.
     
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    Try compacting the archive files as well as his main PST and see if that helps.
     
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