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Recover Unused Disk Space

  1. #1


    Nissi1 Guest

    Recover Unused Disk Space

    God evening,

    Lately when closing WLM, I receive the following message: "You may be able
    to recover unused disk space... " Most times I click Yes, however, I am not
    sure what is happening. Will someone please explain what is happening. And
    how do I prevent it from happening over and over again?

    Thank you,

    Nissi1

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  2. #2


    Colton Guest

    Re: Recover Unused Disk Space

    Nissi1,

    Are you saying that it was working previously, until maybe an update came out; and now it is suddenly giving you this
    error? Did you change any system files in the past few day(s), or week(s) that you have had the product?

    It seems to me like it would be trying to free up your disk usage by removing out of date community messages, emails,
    etc. However, the wording that you are using that is coming from the prompt says otherwise. Seems like it's saying it's
    trying to find disk space that's unused in order to use it.. Seems bassackwards to me.

    --

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    "Nissi1" <Nissi1@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:BA5C17A8-2D9D-483A-90F9-CA0D670F2871@xxxxxx

    > God evening,
    >
    > Lately when closing WLM, I receive the following message: "You may be able
    > to recover unused disk space... " Most times I click Yes, however, I am not
    > sure what is happening. Will someone please explain what is happening. And
    > how do I prevent it from happening over and over again?
    >
    > Thank you,
    >
    > Nissi1

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Nissi1 Guest

    Re: Recover Unused Disk Space

    Hello Colton,

    Thank you for responding so quickly. The message reads (somehow) unused
    disk space may be obtained and I must click Yes or No if I want it to do it.
    Below is what occurred yesterday after a corrupted email link was stuck in
    WLM and I wrote to this forum for assistance. Jlhund assisted me with fixing
    the problem:

    "One cause of this type of problem (a message which does not exist
    shows up in Quick views) is a corruption in your message store
    database; try this:
    At [Tools >] Options > Advanced > Maintenance, change the Compact
    counter to 1
    Click Close > Apply, OK
    Click File > Work Offline
    Click File > Exit
    Minimize all open windows so you can see the dialogue box that
    appears asking whether you want to recover disk space. Click OK."

    As you can see above, Jlhund indicated a dialogue box would appear asking
    whether you want to recover disk space. However, it continues to ask. Is
    there anyway to turn this off? And exactly why/how is this disk space
    becoming available?

    Nissi1

    "Colton" wrote:

    > Nissi1,
    >
    > Are you saying that it was working previously, until maybe an update came out; and now it is suddenly giving you this
    > error? Did you change any system files in the past few day(s), or week(s) that you have had the product?
    >
    > It seems to me like it would be trying to free up your disk usage by removing out of date community messages, emails,
    > etc. However, the wording that you are using that is coming from the prompt says otherwise. Seems like it's saying it's
    > trying to find disk space that's unused in order to use it.. Seems bassackwards to me.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Colton, PHP/VB6/HTML/CSS/Javscript/IIS/Apache
    > OS: Vista Home Premium x86 SP1
    > Location: NC, USA
    >
    > - http://explosion.debug-inc.com
    > - educability@xxxxxx
    > - AIM: Trouncing
    >
    > *Please include that you recieved my contact information from the newsgroup, or your message will be ignored.
    >
    >
    > "Nissi1" <Nissi1@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:BA5C17A8-2D9D-483A-90F9-CA0D670F2871@xxxxxx

    > > God evening,
    > >
    > > Lately when closing WLM, I receive the following message: "You may be able
    > > to recover unused disk space... " Most times I click Yes, however, I am not
    > > sure what is happening. Will someone please explain what is happening. And
    > > how do I prevent it from happening over and over again?
    > >
    > > Thank you,
    > >
    > > Nissi1
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Colton Guest

    Re: Recover Unused Disk Space

    Nissi1,

    I would say revert the compact counter back to the original state. I'm assuming that 1 is considered on, and 0 off (given
    it's binary state). See if switching it back to 0 has any effect at all. If it does something completely opposite of what we
    are trying to do, revert it back to 1 and we'll try something else.

    --

    Colton, PHP/VB6/HTML/CSS/Javscript/IIS/Apache
    OS: Vista Home Premium x86 SP1
    Location: North Carolina

    - http://explosion.debug-inc.com
    - educability@xxxxxx
    - AIM: Trouncing

    *Please include that you recieved my contact information from the newsgroup, or your message will be ignored.


    "Nissi1" <Nissi1@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:CB896873-4B3A-46F0-BDE8-F38B3AA094DF@xxxxxx

    > Hello Colton,
    >
    > Thank you for responding so quickly. The message reads (somehow) unused
    > disk space may be obtained and I must click Yes or No if I want it to do it.
    > Below is what occurred yesterday after a corrupted email link was stuck in
    > WLM and I wrote to this forum for assistance. Jlhund assisted me with fixing
    > the problem:
    >
    > "One cause of this type of problem (a message which does not exist
    > shows up in Quick views) is a corruption in your message store
    > database; try this:
    > At [Tools >] Options > Advanced > Maintenance, change the Compact
    > counter to 1
    > Click Close > Apply, OK
    > Click File > Work Offline
    > Click File > Exit
    > Minimize all open windows so you can see the dialogue box that
    > appears asking whether you want to recover disk space. Click OK."
    >
    > As you can see above, Jlhund indicated a dialogue box would appear asking
    > whether you want to recover disk space. However, it continues to ask. Is
    > there anyway to turn this off? And exactly why/how is this disk space
    > becoming available?
    >
    > Nissi1
    >
    > "Colton" wrote:
    >

    >> Nissi1,
    >>
    >> Are you saying that it was working previously, until maybe an update came out; and now it is suddenly giving you this
    >> error? Did you change any system files in the past few day(s), or week(s) that you have had the product?
    >>
    >> It seems to me like it would be trying to free up your disk usage by removing out of date community messages, emails,
    >> etc. However, the wording that you are using that is coming from the prompt says otherwise. Seems like it's saying it's
    >> trying to find disk space that's unused in order to use it.. Seems bassackwards to me.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Colton, PHP/VB6/HTML/CSS/Javscript/IIS/Apache
    >> OS: Vista Home Premium x86 SP1
    >> Location: NC, USA
    >>
    >> - http://explosion.debug-inc.com
    >> - educability@xxxxxx
    >> - AIM: Trouncing
    >>
    >> *Please include that you recieved my contact information from the newsgroup, or your message will be ignored.
    >>
    >>
    >> "Nissi1" <Nissi1@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:BA5C17A8-2D9D-483A-90F9-CA0D670F2871@xxxxxx

    >> > God evening,
    >> >
    >> > Lately when closing WLM, I receive the following message: "You may be able
    >> > to recover unused disk space... " Most times I click Yes, however, I am not
    >> > sure what is happening. Will someone please explain what is happening. And
    >> > how do I prevent it from happening over and over again?
    >> >
    >> > Thank you,
    >> >
    >> > Nissi1
    >>

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Michael Santovec Guest

    Re: Recover Unused Disk Space

    It does some clean up in the message store data base. This should be
    done on a regular basis, but every week or so should be sufficient

    Thee default setting is to prompt on every 100th closing of WLM. You
    can adjust this value at Tools, Options, Advanced, Maintenance, Compact
    on xxx runs Sounds like yours has been set to 1.

    --

    Mike - http://pages.prodigy.net/michael_santovec/techhelp.htm



    "Nissi1" <Nissi1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:BA5C17A8-2D9D-483A-90F9-CA0D670F2871@xxxxxx

    > God evening,
    >
    > Lately when closing WLM, I receive the following message: "You may be
    > able
    > to recover unused disk space... " Most times I click Yes, however, I
    > am not
    > sure what is happening. Will someone please explain what is
    > happening. And
    > how do I prevent it from happening over and over again?
    >
    > Thank you,
    >
    > Nissi1


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Nissi1 Guest

    Re: Recover Unused Disk Space

    Thank you Michael for this information. After going over what occurred
    yesterday, I finally figured why the message was appearing every time I
    closed WLM. However, thank you for the explanation.

    Also I noticed other forum members are discussing the new WLM in Beta. I
    have not seen any information regarding this update. Will you please direct
    me to where I can get this information.

    Nissi1

    "Michael Santovec" wrote:

    > It does some clean up in the message store data base. This should be
    > done on a regular basis, but every week or so should be sufficient
    >
    > Thee default setting is to prompt on every 100th closing of WLM. You
    > can adjust this value at Tools, Options, Advanced, Maintenance, Compact
    > on xxx runs Sounds like yours has been set to 1.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Mike - http://pages.prodigy.net/michael_santovec/techhelp.htm
    >
    >
    >
    > "Nissi1" <Nissi1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:BA5C17A8-2D9D-483A-90F9-CA0D670F2871@xxxxxx

    > > God evening,
    > >
    > > Lately when closing WLM, I receive the following message: "You may be
    > > able
    > > to recover unused disk space... " Most times I click Yes, however, I
    > > am not
    > > sure what is happening. Will someone please explain what is
    > > happening. And
    > > how do I prevent it from happening over and over again?
    > >
    > > Thank you,
    > >
    > > Nissi1
    >
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Colton Guest

    Re: Recover Unused Disk Space

    Nissi1,

    You can download the new Windows Live Mail Beta from http://download.live.com/wlmail.

    --

    Colton, PHP/VB6/HTML/CSS/Javscript/IIS/Apache
    OS: Vista Home Premium x86 SP1
    Location: North Carolina

    - http://explosion.debug-inc.com
    - educability@xxxxxx
    - AIM: Trouncing

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    "Nissi1" <Nissi1@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:FF963BC5-F953-49BA-B2E2-82C0F5522A71@xxxxxx

    > Thank you Michael for this information. After going over what occurred
    > yesterday, I finally figured why the message was appearing every time I
    > closed WLM. However, thank you for the explanation.
    >
    > Also I noticed other forum members are discussing the new WLM in Beta. I
    > have not seen any information regarding this update. Will you please direct
    > me to where I can get this information.
    >
    > Nissi1
    >
    > "Michael Santovec" wrote:
    >

    >> It does some clean up in the message store data base. This should be
    >> done on a regular basis, but every week or so should be sufficient
    >>
    >> Thee default setting is to prompt on every 100th closing of WLM. You
    >> can adjust this value at Tools, Options, Advanced, Maintenance, Compact
    >> on xxx runs Sounds like yours has been set to 1.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Mike - http://pages.prodigy.net/michael_santovec/techhelp.htm
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "Nissi1" <Nissi1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:BA5C17A8-2D9D-483A-90F9-CA0D670F2871@xxxxxx

    >> > God evening,
    >> >
    >> > Lately when closing WLM, I receive the following message: "You may be
    >> > able
    >> > to recover unused disk space... " Most times I click Yes, however, I
    >> > am not
    >> > sure what is happening. Will someone please explain what is
    >> > happening. And
    >> > how do I prevent it from happening over and over again?
    >> >
    >> > Thank you,
    >> >
    >> > Nissi1
    >>
    >>
    >>

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Ildhund Guest

    Re: Recover Unused Disk Space

    Nissi1, sorry I didn't mention in my earlier post that when you've
    successfully compacted your database (which is what that 'recover
    unused disk space' process is doing - just re-indexing and removing
    references to files that no longer exist), you should reset the
    Compact counter to a figure that suits. The default is 100, but for
    me that would be less than once a year. I have it set at 1, then
    just click 'No' most times, unless I reckon it's time for a
    compaction.
    --
    Noel

    "Nissi1" <Nissi1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:CB896873-4B3A-46F0-BDE8-F38B3AA094DF@xxxxxx

    > Hello Colton,
    >
    > Thank you for responding so quickly. The message reads (somehow)
    > unused
    > disk space may be obtained and I must click Yes or No if I want it
    > to do it.
    > Below is what occurred yesterday after a corrupted email link was
    > stuck in
    > WLM and I wrote to this forum for assistance. Jlhund assisted me
    > with fixing
    > the problem:
    >
    > "One cause of this type of problem (a message which does not exist
    > shows up in Quick views) is a corruption in your message store
    > database; try this:
    > At [Tools >] Options > Advanced > Maintenance, change the Compact
    > counter to 1
    > Click Close > Apply, OK
    > Click File > Work Offline
    > Click File > Exit
    > Minimize all open windows so you can see the dialogue box that
    > appears asking whether you want to recover disk space. Click OK."
    >
    > As you can see above, Jlhund indicated a dialogue box would appear
    > asking
    > whether you want to recover disk space. However, it continues to
    > ask. Is
    > there anyway to turn this off? And exactly why/how is this disk
    > space
    > becoming available?
    >
    > Nissi1
    >
    > "Colton" wrote:
    >

    >> Nissi1,
    >>
    >> Are you saying that it was working previously, until maybe an
    >> update came out; and now it is suddenly giving you this
    >> error? Did you change any system files in the past few day(s), or
    >> week(s) that you have had the product?
    >>
    >> It seems to me like it would be trying to free up your disk
    >> usage by removing out of date community messages, emails,
    >> etc. However, the wording that you are using that is coming from
    >> the prompt says otherwise. Seems like it's saying it's
    >> trying to find disk space that's unused in order to use it..
    >> Seems bassackwards to me.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Colton, PHP/VB6/HTML/CSS/Javscript/IIS/Apache
    >> OS: Vista Home Premium x86 SP1
    >> Location: NC, USA
    >>
    >> - http://explosion.debug-inc.com
    >> - educability@xxxxxx
    >> - AIM: Trouncing
    >>
    >> *Please include that you recieved my contact information from the
    >> newsgroup, or your message will be ignored.
    >>
    >>
    >> "Nissi1" <Nissi1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:BA5C17A8-2D9D-483A-90F9-CA0D670F2871@xxxxxx

    >> > God evening,
    >> >
    >> > Lately when closing WLM, I receive the following message: "You
    >> > may be able
    >> > to recover unused disk space... " Most times I click Yes,
    >> > however, I am not
    >> > sure what is happening. Will someone please explain what is
    >> > happening. And
    >> > how do I prevent it from happening over and over again?
    >> >
    >> > Thank you,
    >> >
    >> > Nissi1
    >>

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    ...winston Guest

    Re: Recover Unused Disk Space

    1 or any greater number I.e. 'x' is the frequency that a compaction is performed after 'x' program exits(shutdown). Zero is not an
    option.
    - it is on the 'Options/Advanced/Maintenance' tab

    Are you using Windows Live Mail ?

    --
    ...winston
    ms-mvp mail


    "Colton" <educability@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:1BAAFA1A-7D7D-41D0-88B8-9BABA1FFF85E@xxxxxx

    > Nissi1,
    >
    > I would say revert the compact counter back to the original state. I'm assuming that 1 is considered on, and 0 off (given it's
    > binary state). See if switching it back to 0 has any effect at all. If it does something completely opposite of what we are
    > trying to do, revert it back to 1 and we'll try something else.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Colton, PHP/VB6/HTML/CSS/Javscript/IIS/Apache
    > OS: Vista Home Premium x86 SP1
    > Location: North Carolina
    >
    > - http://explosion.debug-inc.com
    > - educability@xxxxxx
    > - AIM: Trouncing
    >
    > *Please include that you recieved my contact information from the newsgroup, or your message will be ignored.
    >
    >
    > "Nissi1" <Nissi1@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:CB896873-4B3A-46F0-BDE8-F38B3AA094DF@xxxxxx

    >> Hello Colton,
    >>
    >> Thank you for responding so quickly. The message reads (somehow) unused
    >> disk space may be obtained and I must click Yes or No if I want it to do it.
    >> Below is what occurred yesterday after a corrupted email link was stuck in
    >> WLM and I wrote to this forum for assistance. Jlhund assisted me with fixing
    >> the problem:
    >>
    >> "One cause of this type of problem (a message which does not exist
    >> shows up in Quick views) is a corruption in your message store
    >> database; try this:
    >> At [Tools >] Options > Advanced > Maintenance, change the Compact
    >> counter to 1
    >> Click Close > Apply, OK
    >> Click File > Work Offline
    >> Click File > Exit
    >> Minimize all open windows so you can see the dialogue box that
    >> appears asking whether you want to recover disk space. Click OK."
    >>
    >> As you can see above, Jlhund indicated a dialogue box would appear asking
    >> whether you want to recover disk space. However, it continues to ask. Is
    >> there anyway to turn this off? And exactly why/how is this disk space
    >> becoming available?
    >>
    >> Nissi1
    >>
    >> "Colton" wrote:
    >>

    >>> Nissi1,
    >>>
    >>> Are you saying that it was working previously, until maybe an update came out; and now it is suddenly giving you this
    >>> error? Did you change any system files in the past few day(s), or week(s) that you have had the product?
    >>>
    >>> It seems to me like it would be trying to free up your disk usage by removing out of date community messages, emails,
    >>> etc. However, the wording that you are using that is coming from the prompt says otherwise. Seems like it's saying it's
    >>> trying to find disk space that's unused in order to use it.. Seems bassackwards to me.
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>>
    >>> Colton, PHP/VB6/HTML/CSS/Javscript/IIS/Apache
    >>> OS: Vista Home Premium x86 SP1
    >>> Location: NC, USA
    >>>
    >>> - http://explosion.debug-inc.com
    >>> - educability@xxxxxx
    >>> - AIM: Trouncing
    >>>
    >>> *Please include that you recieved my contact information from the newsgroup, or your message will be ignored.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Nissi1" <Nissi1@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:BA5C17A8-2D9D-483A-90F9-CA0D670F2871@xxxxxx
    >>> > God evening,
    >>> >
    >>> > Lately when closing WLM, I receive the following message: "You may be able
    >>> > to recover unused disk space... " Most times I click Yes, however, I am not
    >>> > sure what is happening. Will someone please explain what is happening. And
    >>> > how do I prevent it from happening over and over again?
    >>> >
    >>> > Thank you,
    >>> >
    >>> > Nissi1
    >>>
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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