Exchange 2003 database size RRS feed

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  • Hey everone,

    We are running Exchange 2003 standard and the priv1.edb database is at 10.5 GB and the priv1.stm is at 6.4 GB and the server only has roughly 2 GB of free space remaining out of a total of 24GB.  One user cleaned out over 2 GB of space from their inbox last week, but the database size remained the same.

    Maybe someone can explain why this database did not reduce in size after emails were deleted or how some of this free space can be reclaimed?


    Monday, June 13, 2011 7:22 PM


  • That is by design.

    The Exchange database never shrinks. The space will be reclaimed as white space and used by Exchange for new content. However in my experience the content that was deleted will be content from one database but most new content will be from the other database.

    I wrote this background to the Exchange database which will explain more.


    You will need more disk space - putting it off is only going to cause you problems. Storage is cheap - my home Exchange server database is bigger than yours!



    Simon Butler, Exchange MVP
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    • Marked as answer by pete1979 Monday, June 13, 2011 8:22 PM
    Monday, June 13, 2011 8:08 PM

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