Computer Newbies forum

General discussion

deleting mail....

Simple question - I hope!
(I have tried searching prev posts but failed!)

I was at the dentists and read a PC mag about cleaning your HD. Now one thing it said was that when you deleted mail from outlook express it was wiped from your disc (ie could not be reread) - however there was some mechanism that this "space" on the HD could not be written over again - ie it was effectively lost, unless you did "something". I have no idea what that "something" was!
Is this an actual problem with a solution? Or did I misunderstand it with my limited know-how? Your advice would be once again appreciated,

Thanks in advance

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: deleting mail....
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: deleting mail....
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Re: deleting mail....

In reply to: deleting mail....

Titus,

Deleting mail from an Outlook Express folder can leave 'holes' in the file which aren't filled up. The trick: in OE choose File>Folder>Compact to 'compact' the current folder, or File>Folder>Compact all Folders to compact, indeed, all folders.

It's rather fast, and it doesn't harm to do it either regularly or after you deleted a lot of mails from a folder.

Hope this helps,


Kees

Collapse -
Re: deleting mail....

In reply to: Re: deleting mail....

Brilliant - thank you for your help - very much appreciated!

Regards,

Collapse -
You're welcome.

In reply to: Re: deleting mail....

I sometimes forget not everybody knows some things that are somehow basic to me.

Kees

Popular Forums

icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS!

Best Black Friday Deals

CNET editors are busy culling the list and highlighting what we think are the best deals out there this holiday season.