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I'm exporting a PST file in MS Outlook on Windows XP. It's writing the .pst out to the correct location, and the progress bar is indicating how long left. However as soon as the progress bar gets to the end, it starts again from the beginning. Is this normal? If so, how many iterations can I expect before it finishes?

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This is normal behavior. It will display the progress bar once for each folder you're exporting, e.g Inbox, Outbox, Sent items.

It should tell you which folder it's currently working on. You can estimate the time left by knowing that it will always go through the folders in alphabetical order.

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hi - am only exporting the inbox. And the progress bar is only displaying "Inbox" each time – Don Diego Oct 31 '09 at 16:56

This is not normal behavior for a progress bar, but it is "normal" behavior for Outlook. Bottom line is that the progress bar in Outlook serves only to tell you Outlook is working. If the number of times it loops has any relation to any folder structure at all, I've not discovered it yet, and I've been using Outlook since 1993. It will loop even when exporting a single folder.

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