Convert EDB to PST & Migrate Exchange Mailbox to PST – Free Solution

by on 04/27/2017 in Software, Tech

Consider the following scenario, which was shared by an Exchange server user who wants to convert EDB to PST file format:

“I am using the Exchange server platform since last 3 years for emailing as well as storage of students contact details. But, nowadays I am facing one or the another error while accessing the server files. Therefore, I want to convert exchange EDB to PST so that if any disaster occurs then, my work does not get affected. Is there any solution to migrate Exchange EDB mailbox to PST file format?”

Like the above query, there are many other problems shared by the Exchange server users who want to export Exchange 2016, 2013, 2010 database to PST files. Therefore, in the following section, one is going to encounter all possible manual techniques to convert Exchange EDB to Outlook PST without getting any issue.

Solutions to Convert Exchange EDB to PST file

There are three manual approaches by which users will be able to convert EDB to PST file format. One can take overview of the methods by following bullets and then, further find the description of each method:

  • Export Exchange 2003 To PST via ExMerge.exe utility
  • Migrate Exchange 2007, 2010, & 2013 mailbox to PST via Powershell commands
  • Import Exchange 2013 mailboxes to Outlook PST file via Exchange Admin Center

Trick #1: Export Exchange 2003 To PST via ExMerge.exe utility

ExMerge.exe utility is a free Microsoft tool to analyze and fix problems related to the Exchange server database files. This Exchange freeware tool provides features like prevention from duplicacy, equips the backup facility to store an individual as well as multiple mailboxes at the brick level, etc. Well, talking upon the aspect of Exchange to Outlook migration then, users first need to install this utility on their machine and then proceed with following steps:

  • Open ExMerge tool and login into your Exchange server account. An MS Exchange Mailboxes Merge wizard will get displayed on the screen where you have to click Next to initiate the procedure
  • Two option will be provided on the current screen where you have to choose Extract or Import option and then, click on Next
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  • Now from the current wizard, click on Extract data from an Exchange server mailbox option and hit on Next
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  • A Data Selection Criteria wizard will appear in front of you where you have to choose Import Procedure tab and then, enable Archive data to target store option. Click on OK to continue
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  • Now from the same window, select Message Details tab and then, enter entire information required on the current screen. After completing with filling of the details, click on OK button
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  • A Mailbox Selection panel will appear in front of you where all the list of the mailboxes of the selected server be displayed. Now choose anyone of the listed mailboxes, which are to be exported and hit on Next
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  • Click on Change Folder button to locate the path where you want to save PST file and click on Next to begin the procedure
  • Now you will be able to track the Live Progress Report of the exporting operation.
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  • Once the operation gets successful click on Finish and view the result PST file

Note: ExMerge tool requires the Microsoft Exchange server environment as well as Administrative rights of the server.

Trick #2: Convert Exchange 2007/2010/2013 Mailbox to PST via Powershell Commands

The workaround is beneficial for those server users who are having good knowledge about PowerShell commands of Exchange. These commands are used to build up the scripting language on the .net framework. Well, follow below mentioned instructions to convert EDB to PST file format:

  • Execute following commands for adding the Snap-in within the PowerShell:
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  • On your PC, make a new folder in which you will be saving resultant PST files, which will be generated after exporting files from EDB
  • Right-click on this newly created folder and select Properties >> Share Folder
  • Enable the Read/Write permission and then hit on Share button to continue
  • Now copy the location where you are having the shared folder and then paste the path on notepad program of your machine
  • Relaunch the PowerShell screen and execute following command:
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According to this command, you have to mention the name of EDB file mailbox in MailboxName section and specify the path (pasted in notepad) in EnterFilePath column. However, the first part of the command line varies with different version of the Exchange server i.e.,

  • For Exchange 2013 : Execute New-MailboxExportRequest command
  • For Exchange 2010 : Execute ExportMailboxRequests command
  • For Exchange 2007 : Execute Export Mailbox

Trick #3: Convert Exchange 2013 mailboxes to Outlook PST file via Exchange Admin Center

The last approach to export mailbox from EDB to PST is to use EAC of the Exchange server. To accomplish the task via Admin center go through following set of instructions:

  • Make a Shared Folder in which you want to export mailboxes. Before making such folder, keep few essential points in your mind:
    • The folder should not be located in C: drive
    • Do not generate the folder where log files or the server database files exist
    • Make a script for clean-up in order to eliminate data in future
  • Click on Permission tab and then set the level to Shared and Security option
  • Go through following steps to Export Mailbox Permissions:
    • Use Organization Management to open EAC and then click on Permission
    • Click twice on the Recipient Management and from the top of Role click on Add
    • A Select a Role page will appear in front of you where you have to click on Mailbox Import Export >> Add >> OK
    • In the Roles section, click on Add option and then select Mailbox Import Export from the new page. Hit on Add >> OK
  • Till now, you have enables all the permissions required to perform the export operation. Now it’s time to follow below set of instruction for exporting EDB file to PST:
    • Launch Exchange Admin Center on your machine and select anyone of the listed mailboxes which you want to export
    • Right-click on the desired mailbox and choose Export to a PST file option. Hit on Browse button for selecting the mailbox
    • Use a syntax i.e., \\server\folder\ExportFile.pst to determine location of the exported mailboxes
    • Finally hit on Finish button, once the process gets successfully completed


The solutions provided above are quite complex and consumes a lot of time (even a day) for completion of the process. However, these workarounds require high technical knowledge to successfully finish the task to convert EDB to PST file format. Therefore, if users want to export Exchange mailboxes to PST without any error then, they can use a third-party software i.e., EDB to PST converter for their task accomplishment.

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