For all those that complain about Outlooks inability to handle large mailboxes….

Thunderbird barfs at about 4 gigs.  As in it won’t let you receive any new email and you have to dump your folders and start over.


I keep my “community” email separate from my business one and just take it for granted now that when I get to that magical 4 gig mark, it’s time to start a new folder structure.

5 Thoughts on “For all those that complain about Outlooks inability to handle large mailboxes….

  1. TB user on January 19, 2009 at 8:16 pm said:

    Actually its an OS limitation.

  2. bradley on January 19, 2009 at 8:27 pm said:

    Limits – Thunderbird – MozillaZine Knowledge Base:
    http://kb.mozillazine.org/Limits_-_Thunderbird

    Limitation of the product.

  3. Angus S-F on January 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm said:

    Actually if you read the KB article referenced by “bradley”, you’ll see that the T-Bird 4GB limit is a limit on the size of a FOLDER. The mailbox has unlimited (well, up to the available disk space) size.

  4. And I think people’s main concern was *Exchange* mailbox size. In exchange if you put a few thousand messages in a folder performance degrades badly.

  5. I once saw an Outlook PST that was 20GB…very long story

    I know it’s not quite the same as having all that data in an Exchange mailbox, but it was painful anyway

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