Free Methods to Convert Exchange EDB to PST

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  • Updated on February 28th, 2022

Before Microsoft Exchange 2010, the storage table is where mailboxes of the user save. One can create a backup for the storage groups and preserve them. From Exchange 2010 databases replaced the Storage group, which made it harder to maintain a backup, so we need to convert Exchange EDB to PST for saving a backup of our files.

Why is an EDB and a PST File used?

Microsoft Exchange Server makes the EDB (Exchange Database)file. An EDB file saves the data items: contacts, the notes, all e-mails, calendars of the user mailbox Whereas a PST (Personal Storage) File in Microsoft Outlook that stores user mailboxes with a storage limit offered for a single user’s PST file being 2GBs. It’s created as soon as a user creates a new outlook profile.

When do we need to convert EDB to PST?

There may be several cases in which a user needs an EDB to PST conversion:

  • Recover the data of the EDB file after it is corrupt.
  • To reduce the mailbox size, so server performance gets improved.
  • A backup is prescheduled.
  • Port some mailbox data to a different location.

Methods available to convert EDB to PST

  1. Export EDB to PST using Powershell Commands.
  2. Using the Exchange Admin Center to convert EDB to PST.
  3. By using an EDB to PST converter tool.

Method 1: Using Powershell

Use the below-mentioned commands:

  • Run this command to get the mailboxes list in the database.

 “Get-MailboxStatistics -Database <DatabaseName>

  • Now use  “New-MailboxExportRequest -Mailbox <MailboxName> -FilePath \\ExchangeBackup\PST\MailboxName.PSTfor EDB to PST export.

This command saves mailbox data to a new PST file provided the destination folder is a shared one.

  • The command “Get-MailboxExportRequest checks the status of the mailbox export request.
  • Cancel the export request by the command “Remove-MailboxExportRequest -Identity <Name of the export request> ” after the export process completes.

So this was the complete method for EDB to PST Conversion using Powershell Commands.

Method 2: Export EDB to PST using the Exchange Admin Center

  • Log in as an Administrator in the Exchange Admin Center.
  • Inside Permission, tab find Admin roles

  • In the Admin roles, select Recipient Management and select the (+) button above.

  • The Role Group wizard shows, choose the (+) option from Roles option.

  • Choose the Mailbox Export Role select add button. Press OK to proceed.

  • Now under the Recipient Management, Mailbox Import Role is shown.

  • In recipients, choose mailboxes and choose the desired mailbox to export. Press on More () and choose the Export to a PST File option.

  • Find the location of the mailbox to export.

  • Provide the location of the shared folder.

  • Choose the mailbox that will receive the email after conversion. Press Finish.

  • The content of the mailbox will migrate to the PST file.

So this was the EDB to PST Conversion using the Exchange Admin Center.

You might have observed these methods are long, tedious, complicated, and everyone might not be comfortable using them. Therefore to make our task easy, it is smart to use a third party EDB to PST Converter tool.

Why use a third-party tool to convert EDB to PST

A third-party converter tool:

  • Saves data from being destroyed in the conversion process.
  • Require no prior technical knowledge to handle.
  • It provides support for the conversion of corrupt database files.
  • Helps to remove data duplicacy from the emails based on From, To, Subject and Date.
  • EDB to PST conversion without the size limitation.

You may also read: How to Convert OST to PST Manually?

Summing Up

Now, you are well informed about how to convert Exchange EDB to PST file the manual methods as well as the secure automated process. The manual way may prove to be difficult as well as not feasible for large organizations with vast volumes of data and a lot of employees so an EDB to PST Converter tool is suitable. Choosing the best option will now be clear to you.

About The Author:

Adom Smith is a DataRecoveryHelp Technology Writer. He is a technology enthusiast with over 3 years of experience in Data Recovery, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics. He enjoys researching and sharing DIY solutions as well as tips and tricks for resolving Windows technical issues.

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