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How to Convert EDB to PST Format

Last updated on October 23rd, 2020

For users, sometimes it becomes Everest winning task to convert EDB data to PST format. As converting EDB to PST format is a very needy practice, and mainly practiced to securely transfer the data from corrupt EDB or tend to be Corrupt EDB or may be due to some other reasons, sooner we will know. Let’s have an eagle’s eye on all aspects of this process.

First of all, make it clear:

  1. What is an EDB?

EDB is an abbreviation used for the Exchange Database. EDB files store in-process and non- SMTP messages (Simple mail transfer Protocol). It stores the multiple mailboxes of the exchange server, so a backup of EDB is a tough task.

  1. What is PST?

PST Stands for Personal Storage Table, used to store Outlook data’ copies to the local machine from the configured Outlook.

Why Convert EDB to PST?

It is always good to clear the term “Why” before “How”. In this sequence we will understand; why someone needs to convert the EDB file to a PST file.

The reasons may be:

  1. To improve the performance of the server by reducing the size of mailboxes.
  2. Doer want to back up exchange mailboxes
  3. To retain the data of corrupted EDB by displacing it to PST. I.e. by EDB to PST conversion.

From person to person, the reasons may differ because everyone has its own “why”. After understanding the reasons; let’s move toward the center of the article, “How” to convert EDB to PST.

How to Convert EDB to PST?

EDB to PST conversion can be done by different methods. One can go through any manual way but they are a little bit techy and not too handy but before making any perception let’s move through some common manual ways then after we will automatically reach the conclusion:

1st Method: Exchange Management Shell Method

In this method, one can access the database and make the desired changes by following the command-line interface.

Step 1: Go through with the given command to get the list of mailboxes in the database.   


(By following this command all the mailboxes present in the database will be enlisted.)

Step 2: Now run this command to ship the EDB file to PST.

New-MailBoxExportRequest-Mailbox<MailboxName>-FilePath\\Exchange Backup\PST\Mailboxname.PST 

By following this command mailbox data will save to a new PST file. Just remember, the destination folder is a shared folder. 

Step 3: To check the status of the mailbox export request, just follow the given command.

Get-Mailbox Export Request 

Step 4: After completing the process of Exportation; cancel the request by the below-written command.

Remove-MailboxExportRequest-Identity<name of the export request>

 2nd Method:  Using the Exchange Admin Centre

Step 1. Firstly, log in to Exchange Admin Centre; as an Administrator

Step 2. Drive to the “permissions” tab and then after click “admin roles

Step 3. By following admin roles, go to Recipient Management and click (+)

Step 4: Now, go with the (+) option under the “Role Group” Wizard

Step 5: Now select the “Mailbox Import Export” Option and then “Add” and move to next by clicking “OK”

Step 6: Now “Mailbox Import Export” option is visible under the “Recipient Management

Step7: Here select “mailboxes” by going to “recipients” and choose the mailbox you want to export. After that, click on More() option and select the “Export to a PST file” option. 

Step8: “Browse” the Mailbox, you want to export.

Step 9: Now convey the path of a Shared Folder.

Step 10: After that, choose the mailbox where the email will go after the successful conversion. After doing this, click on Finish, the content of the mailbox will be migrated to the PST file.

So, these were the manual ways by which one can go for the conversion of EDB to PST file. But the manual ways have the gloomiest side too. Let’s have a look at the unwelcome side of manual ways.

Drawbacks of Manual Ways:

  1. It asks for technical as well as used to hands.
  2. No guarantee of data; can lose during the process.
  3. It will be size limited.
  4. It is a very time-consuming process with the uncertainty of the result.
How to make this conversion Easy and Professional?

As manual method comes along a lot of hustles and risk of data loss, so, it is obvious for a professional and time saver smart worker; to go with an alternate and easy to do option. For those who want to complete this process in a while; a smooth, easy to handle automated software, Shoviv EDB to PST Converter is also available. Shoviv EDB to PST Converter has all the feel-good things.  Let’s have a look at the perks that one will get along Shoviv EDB to PST Converter:

  • Shoviv Software provides the fastest recovery for the Corrupt/Non-corrupt EDB files.
  • There is no size limitation; it can convert any size EDB to PST.
  • It converts all component during Conversion
  • Maintains data integrity at the time of EDB to PST conversion.
  • It converts all the EDB items to various file formats such as EML, MSG, HTML, CAL, vCard, etc.
  • Shoviv EDB to PST Converter facilitates to preview of EDB mailbox data before migration.
  • It excludes and filters already migrated files.
  • It also exports Offline EDB mailboxes to Office 365 and Live Exchange.

As per the above-described points, In conclusion, it is clear that Shoviv software is the best EDB to PST Converter and the first choice of professionals. And to make users satisfied with the working process, Shoviv EDB to PST Converter also provides a free demo version that allows conversion of the first fifty items per folder.

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Himanshu Pandey
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