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Outlook PST (Personal Storage Table) File: In MS Outlook email program, Personal Storage Table or PST files are the major storage entities, where, your mailbox data (including emails, contacts, calendars, tasks, notes, to-do lists, journals etc) all are saved. As you keep on using the application for a long period of time, your mailbox keeps getting stuffed and therefore, your PST files keep on growing larger and larger in size.

PST Storage Space Limitations: Talking about the older versions of MS Outlook (2002, 2002/XP) that support ANST PST, the maximum PST file size storage limit is JUST 2GB. However, this limit in newer Outlook versions (2003, 2007) that support Unicode PST is as large as 20GB.

Large Sized ANSI PST Files are Problematic: Beyond the 2GB storage space limitation, Outlook does not support the ANSI PST file. If your PST file goes beyond this limit, Outlook can get corrupted and you can lose all your crucial email data. Also, think of a large PST file corruption and think the big amount of data that you will lose, which was contained in that file.

Large Sized Unicode PST Files are Equally Problematic: Bulky Unicode PST files of newer Outlook version are also equally problematic, though the problem that they cause is different from the one caused by large sized ANSI PST files in older versions. They can become a serious cause of concern when they start affecting the performance of the application, which becomes slower and slower with increasing sizes of files. Furthermore, other problem that arises is of Outlook maintenance, which is difficult with its reduced speed and performance. Also, can you even imagine backing up a very massive PST file of several GB size?

How to Manage Large PST Files? If you split large PST files into smaller parts, then it will certainly be the end of all your problems that you were facing before with Outlook management. The process to split large files into smaller files will solve your problem because this will result in the reduction of PST file size, which will in turn prevent other problems from arising. You can split large PST file using a third-party large PST splitter. Choosing a third-party tool for this purpose will prove to be foolproof as it is a tried and tested way that many users trust for performing the split PST process.

PCVITA Split Magic software is one such split PST tool that you will love to own and use! A name worth mentioning in the software market today is that of the PCVITA Group, a pioneer producer of products in the domains of email conversion, archiving and others. It is needless to mention that PCVITA products hold an edge over its counterparts owing to their high-quality and superior technology. One of the software offerings of the company is PCVITA Split Magic software, which provides an apt answer to the question how to manage large PST files?

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