Outlook express 2gb limit exceeded error.

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Outlook express 2 GB limit exceeded error. I got this kind of error when the folder limit already exceeded and I don’t know how to repair it for there are some files that were damaged and cannot be open due to the exceeded space that I used. Can you please tell me what to do or are there any ways or downloadable application to fix this one? I need your help.

Thank you.

Best Answer by Jim Krueger
Answered By 10 points N/A #178514

Outlook express 2gb limit exceeded error.


It is possibly a virus that is affecting your computer in such a case if you want to save your data then just copy your mails to the computer and then delete them from Outlook and you will be able to solve your problem. If it does not work then you can copy all mails and re-install the program to solve your problem.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #178515

Outlook express 2gb limit exceeded error.


For Outlook Express that exceeds the 2GB limit, the best thing that you can do is to rename that existing DBX folder so that you can start fresh with a new folder that will be created automatically when Outlook Express restarts. 

To rename the file:
1. Open Outlook Express
2. Click Tools
3. Select Options from the dropdown menu
4. Click Maintenance Tab
5. Click the Store Folder button to open the location of the message store
6. Copy the full address from the pop up window for the store location (You can click and set the cursor to the very end on the left side in the address box, hold down the SHIFT key and press the END key. It will highlight the full location of the store, hold down CTRL key and press C to copy).
At this point, please close all Outlook Express-related windows as renaming a .DBX file is not possible if there are windows open for OE.
7. Click Start>click Run and click your mouse in the Open field and hold down CTRL key and press V to paste the location
8. Press Enter key
A window will appear with DBX files in it. The folders found in that window will be the same folders found in the main Outlook Express Window.
9. Right-click on the DBX file folder>click Rename
10. Change extension to .BAK (indicating that it’s a backup)
E.g. Inbox.dbx - Inbox.bak
11. After renaming the file that has reached the limit, close the window and open Outlook Express. The folder that will appear, say for example in step 10, is a whole new and empty folder. Outlook Express will just automatically create it. This applies to the native folders in Outlook Express (Inbox and the like).
This method is used to avoid deleting important emails. Though they may look like they are deleted from the new folder created will be empty, it will still be in the Store location folder.
Jim Krueger
Answered By 10 points N/A #178516

Outlook express 2gb limit exceeded error.



Outlook Express stores messages are a special file with DBX extension. The maximum size of a DBX file is 2Gb. Sometimes, when the DBX files exceed the 2Gb limit, it becomes corrupted and Outlook Express cannot add new emails to the folder, cannot delete emails and sometimes cannot even read the contents of the file. This is called "2Gb problem". Email Recovery for Outlook Express allows you to extract emails from DBX files larger than 2Gb (up to 4Gb). This solves the "2Gb problem".

To solve the 2GB problem, do the following:

1) Use Email Recovery for Outlook Express to extract emails from the Outlook Express folder to Windows folder;

2) Delete the FolderName.dbx file. At the next Outlook Express startup, the FolderName.dbx file will be recreated and of course it will be empty. To find out where Outlook Express stores DBX files, start Outlook Express and click "Tools" -> "Options" -> "Maintenance" -> "Store Folder".

3) Then import your emails from the Windows folder to the Outlook Express folder. To import emails, just drag and drop them to the OE folder. Do not drag all files at once but do it in parts otherwise you will get the 2Gb problem again. For example, you can select about half of the emails in the Windows folder and drag them to the OE folder, then view these emails in Outlook Express and delete/move the unneeded ones. Then, similarly drag the remaining emails.

Answered By 590495 points N/A #311009

Outlook express 2gb limit exceeded error.


In Microsoft Outlook Express, every mail folder you create has a storage limit and the Outlook Express maximum mailbox size is 2 GB. So, if you use Microsoft Outlook Express and you created many different folders for your different messages, each of those folders has a maximum size of 2 GB and you cannot go beyond this size.

If you can no longer send or receive messages then you probably hit the “Outlook Express 2 GB limit” problem. Every folder in Microsoft Outlook Express has its own file which uses the DBX extension (*.dbx). So, if the folder’s name is “Inbox”, you will have a file called “inbox.dbx”. If any of the folders reached the 2 GB limit, you won’t be able to work with that folder.

Like if your “inbox.dbx” file reached 2 GB, you won’t be able to receive any messages while if your “sent.dbx” file exceeded the limit, then you won’t be able to send a message. To fix the problem, start Microsoft Outlook Express then go to “Tools” and then “Options”. In “Options” window, go to “Maintenance” tab then click “Store Folder” to find out the location of your Outlook Express files.

The path looks like this:

  • C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{F21C3331-F923-4089-BE05-B8F5DB7C8D1A}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

You may need to view hidden files and folders to access this location. To do this, start Windows Explorer then go to “Tools” then “Folder Options”. In “Folder Options” window, go to “View” tab then scroll down and select “Show hidden files and folders” and then click “OK”. Next, copy the oversized DBX file to a different folder or drive to back it up.

Once the file is backed up, delete the original DBX file then start Microsoft Outlook Express. Microsoft Outlook Express will recreate the folder you deleted with an empty folder. Now, in Microsoft Outlook Express, click “File” then point to “Import” and select “Messages”. In “Outlook Express Import” dialog, select “Microsoft Outlook Express 6” then click “Next”.

Select Microsoft Outlook Express 6
Select Microsoft Outlook Express 6

In “Import From OE6” dialog, select “Import mail from an OE6 store directory” then click “OK”.

Select Import mail from an OE6 store directory
Select Import mail from an OE6 store directory

On the next screen, click “Browse” then navigate to the location of the backup DBX file, select the file, and click “OK” and then click “Next”. After this, select the folder you previously deleted and click “Next”. When import is finished, click “Finish” and that’s it.

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