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6 Steps to Repair EDB File and Save in PST Format

Posted In MS office, Technology Reviews - By Techtiplib on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 With No Comments »

The main mailbox repository for Microsoft Exchange server in Priv. EDB files. Due to failure of Exchange server or other logical errors like internal service failure, write-back-cache, etc. can invoke Jet Engine errors in EDB file. These situations commonly result in corrupted EDB file.

Once the Exchange database or an EDB file is corrupted, then all user mailboxes go into inaccessible mode. At this point, to regain access to production mailboxes it’s necessary to repair EDB file and then save output into an Outlook PST format. So, that in future the risk of database corruption can be reduced.

Steps to Repair Exchange EDB File using PowerShell Switch – ESEUtil

Step 1: Before running any repair command it’s necessary to detect whether the database is clean shutdown or dirty shutdown. For this run:

eseutil /mh databasename.edb

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The current state of Exchange EDB file will be shown up. If the state is Dirty Shutdown, then is indicating that the current database is in an inconsistent state.

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Step 2: To bring the database into a consistent state run the process to softly-repair the EDB file. For this use:

eseutil /r /d 

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Here, /r specifies the soft-repair method and /d indicates the path of the database which is in the current directory.

Step 3: To ensure that if the database is in clean state or not, again run eseutil /mh

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The database corruption will be removed only up to a certain level by running above mentioned steps for repairing EDB file. This command is limited to bring the inconsistent database into a consistent state only.

Step 4: But if EDB file is severely corrupted, then repair EDB file with /p switch, as given.

eseutil /p

This command is usually not preferred to execute over the EDB file as it leads to substantial data loss. The reason for such behavior is the internal mechanism of this command. The ESEUTIL / p command does not actually repair the Exchange database but it deletes the corrupted segments from EDB file. So, before running this command always keep a copy of the EDB.

Step 5: Once the database is repaired, try to mount it back the server.

Step 6: After the database is mounted, run PowerShell script to export mailbox into Outlook PST file.

By following the given procedure it gets very easy to repair EDB to PST file format and increase accessibility over MS Outlook and Microsoft Exchange server.

Author Bio:

Lucifer Jemmie has years of live experience with Exchange Server. She is working as system admin who troubleshoot Exchange server oriented issues and find the most optimal way to repair edb to pst file format.

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