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Fragments Left after running XP Defrag Program

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by BillMatney, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. BillMatney

    BillMatney Flightless Bird

    Ran Defrag and had two 'Fragments' reported (last two lines of the log
    print). One was for 6156 Fragments and one was for 7030 Fragments; the first
    file is 1.51 GB and the second is 2.00 GB, and both are 'buried' deep in
    \Documents and Settings\Bill & Peggy\Local Settings\Application
    Data\Identities\25C08628.........\Microsoft\Outlook Express\ and both files
    are .dbx files. Question: These files are apparently taking up 3.5 GB of HD
    Space; can I delete them? I do not use Outlook Express although I have in the
    past, but now am using exclusively MSN for both my Email Handling and access
    to the Internet. The names of the files are; Tolleson Steel.dbx (an
    accounting client) and Deleted Items.dbx. Thanks for any enlightenment. . .
    bill
     
  2. Scott

    Scott Flightless Bird

    One is an old personal inbox for Tolleson Steel and other is deleted items
    folder

    If you do not use OE no more and do not need to save any of it then you
    can delete them



    On Sun, 28 Feb 2010 05:04:01 -0500, BillMatney
    <BillMatney@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    > Ran Defrag and had two 'Fragments' reported (last two lines of the log
    > print). One was for 6156 Fragments and one was for 7030 Fragments; the
    > first
    > file is 1.51 GB and the second is 2.00 GB, and both are 'buried' deep in
    > \Documents and Settings\Bill & Peggy\Local Settings\Application
    > Data\Identities\25C08628.........\Microsoft\Outlook Express\ and both
    > files
    > are .dbx files. Question: These files are apparently taking up 3.5 GB of
    > HD
    > Space; can I delete them? I do not use Outlook Express although I have
    > in the
    > past, but now am using exclusively MSN for both my Email Handling and
    > access
    > to the Internet. The names of the files are; Tolleson Steel.dbx (an
    > accounting client) and Deleted Items.dbx. Thanks for any enlightenment.
    > . .
    > bill



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  3. ybS2okj

    ybS2okj Flightless Bird

    You should open Outlook Express in Offline State and then from the TOOLS
    menu, Go to Options, Maintenance, Clean Up Now. This should get rid off all
    the messages you have stored there. Also, make sure you have compacted the
    folders before leaving.

    This should get rid off 3.5 GB of messages.

    hth



    "BillMatney" <BillMatney@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:36B02798-1B4B-48C1-BA23-6994CB0504FA@microsoft.com...
    > Ran Defrag and had two 'Fragments' reported (last two lines of the log
    > print). One was for 6156 Fragments and one was for 7030 Fragments; the
    > first
    > file is 1.51 GB and the second is 2.00 GB, and both are 'buried' deep in
    > \Documents and Settings\Bill & Peggy\Local Settings\Application
    > Data\Identities\25C08628.........\Microsoft\Outlook Express\ and both
    > files
    > are .dbx files. Question: These files are apparently taking up 3.5 GB of
    > HD
    > Space; can I delete them? I do not use Outlook Express although I have in
    > the
    > past, but now am using exclusively MSN for both my Email Handling and
    > access
    > to the Internet. The names of the files are; Tolleson Steel.dbx (an
    > accounting client) and Deleted Items.dbx. Thanks for any enlightenment. .
    > .
    > bill
     
  4. glee

    glee Flightless Bird

    "BillMatney" <BillMatney@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:36B02798-1B4B-48C1-BA23-6994CB0504FA@microsoft.com...
    > Ran Defrag and had two 'Fragments' reported (last two lines of the log
    > print). One was for 6156 Fragments and one was for 7030 Fragments; the
    > first
    > file is 1.51 GB and the second is 2.00 GB, and both are 'buried' deep
    > in
    > \Documents and Settings\Bill & Peggy\Local Settings\Application
    > Data\Identities\25C08628.........\Microsoft\Outlook Express\ and both
    > files
    > are .dbx files. Question: These files are apparently taking up 3.5 GB
    > of HD
    > Space; can I delete them? I do not use Outlook Express although I have
    > in the
    > past, but now am using exclusively MSN for both my Email Handling and
    > access
    > to the Internet. The names of the files are; Tolleson Steel.dbx (an
    > accounting client) and Deleted Items.dbx. Thanks for any
    > enlightenment. . .
    > bill


    If you no longer use Outlook Express and do not want to save any of the
    emails you already have in it, start Outlook Express and delete all the
    messages you have stored there.

    If you want to save some of them, delete those you do not want, and if
    you have empty folders THAT YOU CREATED in OE, you can delete them. Do
    NOT try to delete Inbox, Outbox, Sent, Drafts, or Deleted folders.

    If you delete folders from within Outlook Express, you will have to open
    the Deleted folder to delete them from there also. Then while in the
    Deleted folder, click Edit> Select All, then press the delete key and
    confirm the deletion.

    Once you have deleted everything you no longer want, do this....this is
    the most important part:

    Click File> Work Offline, to put a checkmark in that item so it is
    offline.
    In the Folder List, click the uppermost item (above Inbox and above
    Local Folders) named Outlook Express.
    Click File menu> Folders> Compact All Folders.
    This will take a little while.

    When it is done, you may click File> Work Offline, to remove the
    checkmark, then close Outlook Express.

    The compacting will reduce the size of those .dbx folder you see...just
    deleting messages and folders in OE does not make the .dbx files smaller
    until OE has compacted them.

    Do NOT directly delete any of the .dbx folders or anything else in that
    folder via Windows Explorer.

    Now empty the Recycle Bin (compacting has filled it with "backups"), and
    Defrag again.
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009
    A+
    http://dts-l.net/
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    [Crosspost to OE General newsgroup]

    > ...the first
    > file is 1.51 GB and the second is 2.00 GB, and both are 'buried' deep in
    > \Documents and Settings\Bill & Peggy\Local Settings\Application
    > Data\Identities\25C08628.........\Microsoft\Outlook Express\ and both
    > files
    > are .dbx files.


    General OE Caveats:

    - Don't use Inbox or Sent Items to archive messages. Move them to local
    folders created for this purpose.

    - Empty Deleted Items folder daily.

    - Frequently (e.g., at least once-a-week) perform a manual compact of all OE
    folders while "working offline". More at
    http://www.insideoe.com/files/maintain.htm

    - Do not cancel Automatic Compacting, should it occur, and do not attempt to
    close OE via Task Manager or shutdown your machine if Automatic Compacting
    is taking place.

    - Disable email scanning by your anti-virus application. It can cause
    corruption (i.e., loss of messages) and provides no additional protection:

    Why you don't need your anti-virus to scan your email
    http://thundercloud.net/infoave/tutorials/email-scanning/index.htm
    --
    OE-specific newsgroup:
    news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.outlookexpress.general

    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002


    BillMatney wrote:
    > Ran Defrag and had two 'Fragments' reported (last two lines of the log
    > print). One was for 6156 Fragments and one was for 7030 Fragments; the
    > first
    > file is 1.51 GB and the second is 2.00 GB, and both are 'buried' deep in
    > \Documents and Settings\Bill & Peggy\Local Settings\Application
    > Data\Identities\25C08628.........\Microsoft\Outlook Express\ and both
    > files
    > are .dbx files. Question: These files are apparently taking up 3.5 GB of
    > HD
    > Space; can I delete them? I do not use Outlook Express although I have in
    > the past, but now am using exclusively MSN for both my Email Handling and
    > access to the Internet. The names of the files are; Tolleson Steel.dbx (an
    > accounting client) and Deleted Items.dbx. Thanks for any enlightenment. .
    > .
    > bill
     

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