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Maximum Notebook Size

Discussion in 'Microsoft OneNote' started by Thomas M., May 10, 2010.

  1. Thomas M.

    Thomas M. Flightless Bird

    OneNote 2007

    Can anyone tell me if there is a maximum file size for OneNote 2007
    notebooks?

    Also, I know from experience that Outlook PST files have a certain size
    threshold--something like 500-600 MB--where the probability of file
    corruption greatly increases. Is there anything like that with OneNote
    books?

    Thanks for any help that you can offer!

    --Tom
     
  2. Ben M. Schorr, MVP

    Ben M. Schorr, MVP Flightless Bird

    Outlook versions through 2002 were limited (loosely) to 2GB before
    corruption became likely. In reality some of them corrupted at 1.8 or even
    1.7 GB but roughly 2GB was their limit. Outlook 2003 introduced the UNICODE
    PST file which is theoretically limited only by available disk space but is
    soft limited (by registry setting) to about 20GB.

    OneNote has no such limit, though obvious the bigger the file the more
    likely you'll see performance issues. Where that envelope is depends a lot
    upon your machine though. I've worked with some pretty big notebooks and
    never noticed any particular performance lag - if you've got a decent
    machine with a lot of RAM you could probably create some monstrous notebooks
    without much of a problem.

    --
    -Ben-
    Ben M. Schorr, MVP
    Roland Schorr & Tower
    http://www.rolandschorr.com
    http://www.officeforlawyers.com/outlook.htm
    Author: The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2007:
    http://tinyurl.com/ol4law-amazon

    "Thomas M." <NoEmailReplies@Please.com> wrote in message
    news:#IBhsNI8KHA.2248@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > OneNote 2007
    >
    > Can anyone tell me if there is a maximum file size for OneNote 2007
    > notebooks?
    >
    > Also, I know from experience that Outlook PST files have a certain size
    > threshold--something like 500-600 MB--where the probability of file
    > corruption greatly increases. Is there anything like that with OneNote
    > books?
    >
    > Thanks for any help that you can offer!
    >
    > --Tom
    >
     
  3. Thomas M.

    Thomas M. Flightless Bird

    Thanks for the reply. I didn't know that about PST files. I know that
    we've seen a number of them corrupt at around 600-700 MB, but maybe there
    were some other factors involved in those instances.

    Anyway, thanks for the information.

    --Tom

    "Ben M. Schorr, MVP" <bens@bogusaddress.mvp> wrote in message
    news:95D22223-5348-4CB8-8F41-2BD4861656B2@microsoft.com...
    > Outlook versions through 2002 were limited (loosely) to 2GB before
    > corruption became likely. In reality some of them corrupted at 1.8 or
    > even 1.7 GB but roughly 2GB was their limit. Outlook 2003 introduced the
    > UNICODE PST file which is theoretically limited only by available disk
    > space but is soft limited (by registry setting) to about 20GB.
    >
    > OneNote has no such limit, though obvious the bigger the file the more
    > likely you'll see performance issues. Where that envelope is depends a
    > lot upon your machine though. I've worked with some pretty big notebooks
    > and never noticed any particular performance lag - if you've got a decent
    > machine with a lot of RAM you could probably create some monstrous
    > notebooks without much of a problem.
    >
    > --
    > -Ben-
    > Ben M. Schorr, MVP
    > Roland Schorr & Tower
    > http://www.rolandschorr.com
    > http://www.officeforlawyers.com/outlook.htm
    > Author: The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2007:
    > http://tinyurl.com/ol4law-amazon
    >
    > "Thomas M." <NoEmailReplies@Please.com> wrote in message
    > news:#IBhsNI8KHA.2248@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> OneNote 2007
    >>
    >> Can anyone tell me if there is a maximum file size for OneNote 2007
    >> notebooks?
    >>
    >> Also, I know from experience that Outlook PST files have a certain size
    >> threshold--something like 500-600 MB--where the probability of file
    >> corruption greatly increases. Is there anything like that with OneNote
    >> books?
    >>
    >> Thanks for any help that you can offer!
    >>
    >> --Tom
    >>
     
  4. Ben M. Schorr, MVP

    Ben M. Schorr, MVP Flightless Bird

    Yes, PST files (especially the old binary ones) CAN corrupt at nearly any
    size for a variety of reasons - one of the most notable ones being storing
    your default message store on a network drive with high latency, but they
    don't generally corrupt for size reasons until you get into the neighborhood
    of 2GB.

    The relative instability of PST files is one of the big reasons why if you
    have an Exchange server you're almost always better off using the Exchange
    mailbox as your default delivery location rather than a PST file. PST files
    are o.k. as archives but not great as default mail stores. The newer
    UNICODE PST files are somewhat better in this regard, but if you have an
    Exchange server they're still not as good a solution as the Exchange
    mailbox.

    Tying back to our topic here, by the way, if you're a big Outlook user (and
    most of you are), then hopefully you're taking advantage of all of the
    integration possibilities between Outlook and OneNote. Here's an article
    about that, if you're interested:
    http://www.officeforlawyers.com/onenote/onandol.htm

    --
    -Ben-
    Ben M. Schorr, MVP
    Roland Schorr & Tower
    http://www.rolandschorr.com
    http://www.officeforlawyers.com/outlook.htm
    Author: The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2007:
    http://tinyurl.com/ol4law-amazon

    "Thomas M." <NoEmailReplies@Please.com> wrote in message
    news:e0IHMYi8KHA.1888@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Thanks for the reply. I didn't know that about PST files. I know that
    > we've seen a number of them corrupt at around 600-700 MB, but maybe there
    > were some other factors involved in those instances.
    >
    > Anyway, thanks for the information.
    >
    > --Tom
    >
    > "Ben M. Schorr, MVP" <bens@bogusaddress.mvp> wrote in message
    > news:95D22223-5348-4CB8-8F41-2BD4861656B2@microsoft.com...
    >> Outlook versions through 2002 were limited (loosely) to 2GB before
    >> corruption became likely. In reality some of them corrupted at 1.8 or
    >> even 1.7 GB but roughly 2GB was their limit. Outlook 2003 introduced the
    >> UNICODE PST file which is theoretically limited only by available disk
    >> space but is soft limited (by registry setting) to about 20GB.
    >>
    >> OneNote has no such limit, though obvious the bigger the file the more
    >> likely you'll see performance issues. Where that envelope is depends a
    >> lot upon your machine though. I've worked with some pretty big notebooks
    >> and never noticed any particular performance lag - if you've got a decent
    >> machine with a lot of RAM you could probably create some monstrous
    >> notebooks without much of a problem.
    >>
    >> --
    >> -Ben-
    >> Ben M. Schorr, MVP
    >> Roland Schorr & Tower
    >> http://www.rolandschorr.com
    >> http://www.officeforlawyers.com/outlook.htm
    >> Author: The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2007:
    >> http://tinyurl.com/ol4law-amazon
    >>
    >> "Thomas M." <NoEmailReplies@Please.com> wrote in message
    >> news:#IBhsNI8KHA.2248@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> OneNote 2007
    >>>
    >>> Can anyone tell me if there is a maximum file size for OneNote 2007
    >>> notebooks?
    >>>
    >>> Also, I know from experience that Outlook PST files have a certain size
    >>> threshold--something like 500-600 MB--where the probability of file
    >>> corruption greatly increases. Is there anything like that with OneNote
    >>> books?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks for any help that you can offer!
    >>>
    >>> --Tom
    >>>

    >
    >
     

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