Compress your email files, Sir?

treeve
12th January 2008, 00:18
Another annoying aspect of XP.
When I moved my emails (dbx files) to this new PC, after a month,
the system popped up with a message box.... offered to compress
the files to increase available space (100Gb drive ... duh !!). Like an
idiot I chose yes ... I later discovered that it had lost ... no, deleted
some very important folders and files.
I now am confronted by this wretched offer of compressing files every
time I close down OE. One day I am going to press by accident the
dreaded "yes" button.
Please does anyone know how I can turn off that compress files offer.
Best Wishes, Raymond

benjidog
12th January 2008, 00:28
Raymond,

I don't use OE myself so don't consider myself an expert but I suggest you take a look at this page which mentions relevant settings: http://www.insideoe.com/files/maintain.htm#auto

Regards,

Brian

treeve
12th January 2008, 00:40
Thanks Brian ... apparently there is no control for that ...
the system is set up like a dalek .. but I can reset the registry counter.
Registry here I come again !!
http://www.insideoe.com/faqs/why.htm#compact
Thankfully I do have the original dbx files still but it is going to
take a fortnight to re-load them into this PC. Groan ...
Best Wishes, Raymond

treeve
12th January 2008, 01:01
Hmm something not quite correct ... the opinion is that OE
does not delete files, only marks them for deletion when folders
are compacted ... and yet, my present deleted dbx was 600k.
So they do get moved into the deleted dbx folder.
Compact it and it marks the old one "bak" and pops it into the bin,
and hey presto there is a new deleted dbx at the appointed 59k.
Some of my folders are 80Mb, they go back to 1996 when I first
started. Handed from one PC to another - 5th time now. I will
eventually be able to recover those old files, I know.

Thanks again, Brian ... you have no idea how much it means not
to see that irritating prompt.

All best, Raymond

kwg
12th January 2008, 22:00
OE will ask to compact after 100 open/close....take regular backups and you will not see the request.

treeve
12th January 2008, 22:38
I have reasoned out a safe way to compress the files.
I have formed a transfer folder, move the emails that
I want to keep into that, then compress the now empty
folder. Now I have learned how to reset the counter in
the Registry, I feel more in control and it eliminates that
possibility of losing more old emails. They contain a lot
of history and information that I have not yet written up.
The OE backup system is rubbish, I would rather use the
grass roots system of copying the dbx files to a CD/DVD
and an external drive via Windows Explorer. I know they
are complete then. Thanks again ... Raymond

benjidog
12th January 2008, 22:46
Might be worth investing in a copy of the full Outlook Raymond. You get lots more control with that.

Brian

treeve
12th January 2008, 23:10
What sort of control would that be, and what exactly is full Outlook?
I thought that OE was it ? Is there more than XP [XP = mentally explode].
Ooo arr ooo argh ay, Raymond

K urgess
13th January 2008, 00:01
Outlook comes with Microsoft Office, Raymond.
It's like OE but with bells and whistles.
Don't know if you can get it by itself.

Kris

treeve
13th January 2008, 00:21
Ah yes, I remember now, Kris, I tried it once, all looked to complex
for my needs; I keep Lotus WordPro and Diary, as well as the MS
software; I am a hermaphrodite as far as computers are concerned ...
Don't know which way to go !! :) I think I feel more in control at
grass roots level. Best Wishes, Raymond

benjidog
13th January 2008, 01:50
The latest version of Outlook 2007 is on sale at Amazon - details here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-543-03007-Outlook-2007-PC/dp/B000HCXKLC.

It is pretty easy to install and work with and I would be very happy to advise if you bought it and got stuck Raymond. You can define your own archiving arrangements and filing system - you don't have to go into all the complexities of it.

Brian

treeve
13th January 2008, 03:03
Thanks Brian, that looks to be well different from the Office I tried.
Unfortunately a bit beyond my pocket at the moment. Best Wishes, Raymond

rickles23
13th January 2008, 07:16
A couple of years ago I joined this website (free)

http://www.geekstogo.com/

and they solved just about every problem including virus removal.
If you scroll down and on the right hand side you will find Forums. have a quick look in there.

Regards...(Scribe)

benjidog
13th January 2008, 15:09
A couple of years ago I joined this website (free)

http://www.geekstogo.com/

and they solved just about every problem including virus removal.
If you scroll down and on the right hand side you will find Forums. have a quick look in there.

Regards...(Scribe)

A useful site Rickles - not come across that one before.

Interesting that their lead article is about people taking the trouble to make posts in clear English.

Regards,

Brian