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Can I restore my data with only the priv1.edb file?

My Exchange database has gone down. Unfortunately I have no reliable backup. My priv1.stm file is missing. Can I restore my data with only the priv1.edb file? And if not, is there another alternative to extract the mails with both priv1.edb and pub1.edb files?

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If your .stm file is missing, the best option is to recover it from a backup. Of course, this only works if backups are available. If backups are not available, you can create an empty streaming file. This would then let you perform a repair operation on the database (priv1.edb).

To do this, you use the createstm option with ESEUTIL. The command you run would look something like the following:

eseutil /p "c:exchsrvrmdbdatapriv1.edb" /createstm

Then, you can use Isinteg to repair the database.

I strongly recommend preserving a copy of priv1.edb prior to making any changes. This way, if something goes wrong you will have a back-off plan. If this process does not work for you, you may wish to contact Microsoft PSS for assistance. In that event, have a saved copy of priv1.edb in its current format will be beneficial.

This was first published in May 2003

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