Few months ago, Stellar Phoenix reps approached me and asked me if I could do a review of their product “Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery Software”. Since I work a lot with customers who has Exchange in their production environments, I thought of reviewing this product to see if it really can recover Exchange server mailbox databases during an event of corruption.
So, the first time I installed it, I was surprised at how easy the installation procedure was. Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery Software took care of all the aspects of installing.
The setup wizard handled all the complexity and it was a not a huge process to follow to get it installed.
Note: The below setup was carried out on a Test Lab running Microsoft Exchange Servers and I also had few corrupted databases in the environment to test out the functionality of the software.
As soon as you double-click the .exe file, the wizard opens.
Once you click the “next” button, you’ll be prompted to accept the terms and conditions.
Setup wizard will ask you to select the destination folder.
In the next step, you can choose to create a desktop shortcut.
When you hit the install button, the installation process starts right away and is completed within a few minutes.
After completing the installation, it was time to start the repair and recovery process and to see how it will perform.
Repair and recovery process
As a first step, I double-clicked the software and opened it.
One of the first things I noticed about this software is its simplicity. The user interface was clean and well-designed with no complex panes and buttons.
A lot of the options at the top are fairly self-explanatory as well.
As soon as you open the software, you’ll be prompted to select the EDB file that needs to be repaired.
If you know the exact location of your EDB file, choose “open EDB” option. But, if you know only the name, but not the location, click on “find edb”. This automatically opens a list of files that have .edb extension and you can choose the relevant .edb from that list.
This is definitely a convenient feature to have, especially if your EDB files are spread across different drives and locations due to the complexity of your Exchange environment.
This is how the list looks when you click the “Find EDB” option.
After selecting the right .edb file that needs repairing, click the “Start” button on the main screen to start the recovery process.
Now, the software prompts for two types of scans – quick and extensive scan. As the name suggests, quick scan runs through the contents quickly while the extensive scan does a more detailed scanning. I did an extensive scan because I wanted to see how the software performs in recovering the content in the database.
Though it took a few minutes, the results were very impressive.
As you can see, the left side pane contains details of the EDB files that were recovered during the scanning process.
The central window shows all the items that were recovered from the file, while the right-hand side pane gives a preview of selected emails.
Up to now, the software did a good job to recover my corrupted database. I could see the list of mailboxes as well as their content without any problems or issues.
Now comes the part that is very important. That is exporting the recovered data to files. I was given the choice to save these contents in different formats.
All that I had to do was right-click on the EDB file and this gave me choices to save the file in MSG, XML, HTML, RTF and PDF formats. This is for a particular file.
I even had the choice to save and export the entire database to PST format. I was even given the choice to export it to my Office365 and Exchange mailboxes. To do this, navigate to the left-hand side pane and choose a database. Right click on it and you’ll get the option to save it as PST or to export it to Office365 or Exchange Mailbox.
I saved few recovered mailboxes to PST’s and once the extraction is complete, you will be notified via a message as shown below.
That is about it. The software was really easy to use and helped me recover my mailboxes from the corrupted database.
What I love about this tool?
There are quite a few things I really liked about Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery.
- User interface is simple and intuitive. It requires no advanced technical experience.
- The job is done efficiently and quickly.
- Simple and straightforward to use, starting from installation to export.
- It’s not easy to recover contents from a severely corrupted database, yet the software hid all the complexity of background processes.
Overall, I would recommend this tool if you ever come across a corrupted database which needs recovery.
(Opinions expressed in this post are mine and based on the testings conducted on my Lab environment running Exchange servers with few corrupted databases)