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''Not enough storage is available to process this command''

by dchan / January 15, 2006 4:43 PM PST


One of the office users has this problem for a while.
Whenever he tries to copy his emails to the local or network drive, he would encounter this error:

''Not enough storage is available to process this command''

At that point, he cannot save anymore e-mails until he reboots his machine.

He cant seem to copy more than 15MB worth of emails.
His PC RAM is okay and the free disk space is 2GB.
Something seems to be ''eating up'' the memory or alike.

He needs to copy multiple mails at one go so ''Save As'' which works would not be an option.

Can someone please advice? Thanks.

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Re: copying emails
by Kees Bakker / January 15, 2006 6:33 PM PST


- Where does he copy FROM?
- HOW does he copy?

You only tell half the story, where he copies TO (local or network drive), and how he CAN'T copy (with Save As).

And about what version of what email-client are we talking? Let me guess: Outlook Express 5.5. Questions on Outlook Express aren't uncommon on this forum, I must say.

Did you already google "Not enough storage is available to process this command (including quotes). It gives 9760 hits, and seems a very general error message. Combined with Outlook it becomes 693 hits. On the first page I find

when i try to copy email messages from outlook to a network share, i get the
following error. ''Not enough storage is available to process this command'' ...

which doesn't seem off the mark. This is the link: and I can already tell it doesn't offer the solution.

All I can advice: have a look at the 692 remaining ones. It's improbable someone here will have a ready solution for you, I'm afraid. It could very well be an Exchange Server problem, I think, with the Outlook GUI only reporting it.

Good luck, and keep us informed.



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by Papa Echo / January 16, 2006 10:26 PM PST

looking into page file or virtual memory - let Windows manage it, or increase it.

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I am also having the error message.
by lyrabas / January 24, 2006 3:01 AM PST

I have the same problem on two of my office computers. Both are running MS Windows XP Professional and Outlook XP 2003. When we click on a message or try dragging a message to a folder, we get the error message. Usually this isn't a problem but on these two it is. I have read references to a "auto-update" bit or something like that but no clear details on how to fix it.

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