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Compacting not effective

Question asked by PhilProctor on Jun 5, 2014
Latest reply on Jun 5, 2014 by philmodjunk


Compacting not effective


FileMaker Pro



Operating system version

Windows 7 64

Description of the issue

Saving a copy with the compact option does not reduce the file size to where it should be.  I have a database with embedded photos taken with FM Go on an iPad and brought back into FM Pro Advanced.

Steps to reproduce the problem

Here's what I encountered:

Start - DB with embedded photos                                                                     2,601 MB

Step 1 - Stripped the photos to external and deleted embedded photos     2,601 MB, so no change

Step 2 - Saved as a copy after stripping photos and compacted                   1,952 MB, so not much change

Step 3 - Made DB copy, deleted all records and imported from original           0.6 MB, so big change to where compacting should be

Expected result

Small file size since it's all now text.

Actual result

DB still large.  See above