Deleting Items from Email Account in bulk

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Hi everyone,


I've been attempting to delete all items from an email, but it seems that they're mainly residing in the recoverable items folder, which is currently at 100GB.

How can I remove all of these? I've tried deleting them manually, but they keep reappearing, even the ones in the sent items folder.

I've used the command: 


New-ComplianceSearchAction -SearchName "No-reply1" -Purge -PurgeType HardDelete

This command deletes 10 items at a time, as indicated when I run:

Get-ComplianceSearchAction -Identity 'No-reply1_Purge' | Format-list

However, when I perform another content search, it still shows the same number of items in the mailbox as when I first conducted the content search.


There is no hold on the mail box either. 

Can you please assist me in deleting all the items from this mailbox?

3 Replies
Follow the instructions here:
Some of the steps might not be applicable, so you can just skip them. At the very least, you need to disable Single item recovery.

Thanks @Vasil Michev 


Will this let me delete items from DsicoveryHold? 



Such items you can delete by removing the corresponding discovery hold(s), waiting for the changes to replicate and forcing:

Start-ManagedFolderAssistant email address removed for privacy reasons -HoldCleanup