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Outlook 2007: “The set of folders cannot be opened” PST has reached its maximum size

Edit: This is not a duplicate. The other question suggests using pst2gb.exe but as I mention below I cannot find that tool. Microsoft's own website no longer has it. I also can't use the 'compact' method as that requires one first to be able to import the pst file into outlook, which I can't do.

I have a user in my organisation who has an outlook PST file that grew over 2gb and therefore became un-open-able in Outlook. I did search google for this. There is a microsoft article that suggests using a tool called 'pst2gb.exe' and then links to a page that no longer exists.

Where can I find that tool? Or, preferably, is there a better way to do this known by the gurus at that does not have the disadvantage of possibly losing data from the pst file?

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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Xavierjazz, Renan, Mokubai, Diogo Aug 8 '12 at 17:00

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Thanks, but that article links to the article I mention, with the dead link to the actual tool. It also mentions the 'compact' method, which might be no good to me if I can't even open the file. – MrVimes Aug 8 '12 at 13:02
best I can find is this:… – SeanC Aug 9 '12 at 17:42

Don't know about that tool, but here is a tool provided by Microsoft to deal with that issue - Oversized PST and OST crop tool. You may want to make a copy of the PST before you attempt a repair.

NOTE: Use the tool to create a truncated copy of the .pst file. The copy that is left after the tool completes does not have all the original data because the tool cuts a user defined amount of data from the file.

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That's the article I was refering to. It links to the tool, but the page it links to is no longer available. – MrVimes Aug 8 '12 at 12:55
Well, crud! Didn't realize that. You could try this. There are some great suggestions in the thread. – CharlieRB Aug 8 '12 at 13:20
Thanks, but most of the suggestions in that thread are unworkable. Some suggest deleting stuff from the pst, which I can't do because I can't get into it. Others suggest other tools, which you have to pay for... I'll keep reading though, and I have downloaded one tool which I will try. – MrVimes Aug 9 '12 at 17:17

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