How to recover archived .PST file larger than 2GB

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We were going through our email accounts in Exchange 2003 and began to archive emails of employees no longer with the company. Unfortunately, we attempted to archive an account larger than 3GB. That's when we realized that it should have been broken down to under 2GB. It didn't archive the entire account, and now we are unable to open the archived portion. We run Exchange 2003 on Server 2003 with Outlook 2003. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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You will not be able to repair the corrupted PST. I would restore the original mailbox from a backup and then break the pst down into several smaller pst’s keeping them under the 2GB range. For this you can use scripts that can easily be found on the internet. One such site is <a href=”http://gsexdev.blogspot.com/2007/01/exporting-mailbox-larger-then-2-gb-and.html”>http://gsexdev.blogspot.com/2007/01/exporting-mailbox-larger-then-2-gb-and.html</a>

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Another option is to re-activate the mailbox after you have restored it from backup. Then open it with Outlook 2003 or 2007 and archive it using the Outlook client instead. <a href=”http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830336″>Outlook 2003 and 2007 use unicode format</a> which does not have the 2GB limit.
~ technochic

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