Quick solution to solve date format problem in ASP – UK date format

It isn’t often obvious, but when you create a date in ASP, the date format is based on the default user regional settings. You can change them via the Regional Settings control control option. More information is available on the Microsoft Support website. See note on “How to change the Default User UI Language”. To use the DD/MM/YYYY format as is the case in the UK, select “English (United Kingdom” and then select the checkbox below that says “Apply all settings to the current user account and to the default user profile”. Click “Ok” and reboot.

Solved: How to split PST files to make Outlook run faster for free

Split PST files

I get a lot of email. I run two profiles for Outlook; one for home and one for work. My work one is split into a working PST file and an archive PST file. I’ve started to find that the archive is just far to big. It means that my machine struggles to defragment the archive file, and today I came across a nice Microsoft support tip, that means you can split PST files up into smaller, more manageable file sizes. If you want to read how to do it, see this Microsoft support article (KB932086). Now I can have Archives by year (e.g. WorkArchive2005, WorkArchive2006, etc). Nice!

Once you have migrated all of your email out of the existing PST file, create a new one and set that to be your new default mail file. Outlook does not reduce the size of the existing PST when you move or delete items. This it the absolute key to the process. To split your PST file into multiple files, you need to move all your existing mail from the original PST file to several new ones.

The beauty of splitting your Outlook mail PST file using this technique is that you have better individual smaller sized archives that can be stored in different places. If you have limited space on your main hard drive, you can store older PST files on a USB drive or on a network drive in order to save space.

Microsoft have now provided a video walk-through to help and support you in splitting PST files:

The primary benefit here is that this technique is FREE! You don’t need to buy any third party tools or software that promise to repair your Outlook PST files or cover data. Microsoft offer this facility for free.

For another visual walk-through using screenshots, the following guide is also very useful to split PST files.

Repair PST files

Please note that I will not publish any comments that appear to sell products that recover or repair PST files. I do not believe that these products solve the problem outlined here, whilst the knowledge base article supplied by Microsoft does, and more importantly does it for free. If you need to repair a PST file, Outlook has a Repair PST facility.

Screenshot of Microsoft's inbox PST repair tool
Microsoft’s Outlook Inbox Repair Tool can be downloaded for free

If you comment on this article and try to link or mention any Outlook “split PST file” product (or any other product link), then your comment will end up in the spam / blacklisted folder. Don’t even bother trying.

Windows Crash after MFT defrag

I’ve recently been through a hard disk corruption, which has required me to repair my system using my original Dell Reinstallation CD. Although painful, I’m now back on track.

Some lessons learnt:

  • Never fuck with the MFT. Third party tools that say they can defrag the MFT should be left well alone. Note to Microsoft that they need to have some tool that optimizes the MFT, rather than a fresh reinstall.
  • Always have a backup plan. A couple of DVDs with important data are ok, but full on disk backups are the way forward, backed up to something meaty and NASty. Remember the things you might need, such as personal documents and settings, product keys, database and code backups if you are a developer, etc.
  • You can recover DTS jobs from a screwed SQL Server installation (they live in the MSDB data file).
  • Rebuilds take days to complete, where your stress levels are raised and you aren’t doing paid work!