Good morning... Last night I finally had enough of the recent slowness of my laptop. It had just been crawling lately and I wasn't sure why. I figured that maybe it needed a defrag, but I know I ran one several months ago. The defrag report showed it wasn't too bad and that I did NOT need it, but I was desperate and did it anyways as I imagine it shouldn't hurt. No noticeable difference...
Next on my list of possible culprits was my gigantic Outlook PST file. I hadn't archived in a while and my main PST file was 2.5GB! So I threw all of my 2007 mail into a new Archive_2007.pst file and then ran Outlook's compacting function. The combination of the two processes moved ~1.1GB of mail out of my main PST file and shrank it down to a much more reasonable ~1.4GB. Outlook certainly seems faster and I think the improvement also helped the overall performance of my machine. I'd guess that my laptop was constantly busy screwing around in the Outlook file looking for stuff that it didn't leave enough juice for the rest of the laptop.
Check the two links below on how to do all of this for your slow 'puter...
Step 1: How to Archive Old Mail in Outlook
Step 2: How to Compact a PST File to Reduce Its Size in Outlook
Aaron M. Soto
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DezTech Consulting LLC, since 1998
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