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Outlook 6 Low Memory Disc Space

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by djjm, Jan 25, 2005.

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  1. djjm

    djjm Thread Starter

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    I have a message comes up regularly relating to my OE 6 Inbox. Says Low Disc Space/Low Memory ..unable to open this folder.
    I have 120mb of RAM left( of 254mb ) and Disc Space about 1.5 Gb left ( I checked in System and Explorer ) but the message still appears.
    This mostly happens after I've been up and running for a while. Outbox is not affected.
    To fix the Inbox problem and view my messages I have to reboot and reaccess OE.
    Is there a minimum requirement of RAM and Disc Space for OE 6? Do I have a system problem ? Is there a setting I need to adjust? I run Norton and Zone Alarm and run SpyBot occasionally. Also Defrag regularly and ScanDisk.
     
  2. EAFiedler

    EAFiedler Retired Moderator

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    Hi djjm

    What operating system?

    Check this setting in Outlook Express:
    Tools>Options>Maintenance tab,
    if there, remove the checkmark for Compact messages in the background
    this is a default setting that can cause corruption in your .dbx files.

    If you have more than one Identity set up, check each of your Identitys to ensure this process has been disabled.

    _______________________________________________________

    Are you keeping all your messages in the Inbox?
    If so, you need to move them to a new folder of your own creation within Outlook Express, or you may lose all your messages!

    Move a small amount at a time to allow Outlook Express to handle it.

    ________________________________________________________

    Then manually compact your messages after doing the above:
    In Outlook Express:
    File > Work Offline

    File > Folder > Compact All Folders

    Walk away from the computer until this process has completed.

    Let us know what happens.
     
  3. djjm

    djjm Thread Starter

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    Thanks EA, that was a fast reply.
    I run ME . I've just unchecked that Compact Messages Box and I only have 1 identity.
    AND yes.I recently lost ALL of my Inbox..thanks for the tip !
    Will let you know soon if the Compact uncheck worked.

    djjm in Australia.
     
  4. djjm

    djjm Thread Starter

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    EA.
    Nope..didn't work.
    Opened OE and within a short while the Message came up in the Inbox again.

    Folder could not be displayed.
    Possible causes are low disc space or low memory.

    Any other thoughts?
    djjm.
     
  5. EAFiedler

    EAFiedler Retired Moderator

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    Sorry, it is not clear to me, did you run a manual compaction?
     
  6. dugq

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    This may work

    1. Click Start, point to Find, and then click Files or Folders.
    2. In the Named box, type *.dbx, in the Look in box, click Local hard drives (C:), and then click Find Now.
    3. For each *.dbx file that is found, right-click the file, click Properties, and then clear the Read-only check box.
    4. Click Apply, and then click Close.
     
  7. djjm

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    EA,

    Tried to Manually Compact and it wouldn't allow me to do it. Message pops up " MSIMN has caused an error in DIRECTDB.DLL. MSIMN will now close ".

    dugg

    All dbx files are un-checked Read Only.
    I also notice I have now lost the last 3 months worth of SENT emails.Inbox is OK..all emails retained.
     
  8. dugq

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    1. Click Start, point to Find, and then click Files or Folders.
    2. In the Named box, type folders.dbx.
    3. In the Look In box, click your primary hard disk (usually drive C), and then click Find Now.
    4. Right-click the Folders.dbx file, and then click Rename.
    5. Type folders.old, and then click OK.
    6. Start Outlook Express. This creates a new Folders.dbx file automatically.
     
  9. Bob Cerelli

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  10. djjm

    djjm Thread Starter

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    Guys, ( EA and Dugg ).
    Think I've fixed the problem thanks to you both.

    I RENAMED the Folders.dbx to folders.old.dbx or folders.older.dbx ....lost ALL my INBOX emails ( but that's because I didn't create a new folder and move them to it before doing this Rename process ).
    Sent Box is unaffected.
    No problem about the Inbox emails being lost..had read and dealt with the In mail anyway.

    Must have been a damaged .dbx in Folders which had been causing my problems.

    Been powered up for a few hours now and seem to be calling up the OE In and Outboxes without any messages appearing.

    Fingers crossed...thanks again guys.
     
  11. Bob Cerelli

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  12. djjm

    djjm Thread Starter

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    Bob,
    Yeah, apologies.
    I meant to include you in that 'thanks for fixing' reply.

    All is Ok ..OE running fine !

    Regards. D.
     
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