I am sharing the review of Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery that is quite a useful software from Stellar Data Recovery – a leader and pioneer in data recovery, email migration, and data erasure. As a technical consultant for small and medium sized businesses who suggest appropriate software for IT management and data safety to be employed in the organizations, I was asked to use the full version of the software. With this, the aim of the software provider was that I evaluate the software and recommend it to organizations using Exchange Server for data storage, in the situation of corrupt EDB file and other issues in Exchange. I was more than happy and keen enough to use the software and check its proficiency in resolving Exchange Server issues. I was too eager to use it because I had a heard a lot about its features and functionality.
Well, the software that I was handed over for analysis or examination was Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery version 8.0 that is basically designed for the repair of corrupt or damaged Exchange Server Database EDB files. The software is also known to restore users’ mailboxes in case the database files become corrupt or damaged. Besides, it is known for fixing any level of corruption issue or any error in the EDB file and restoring mailbox contents, such as emails, attachments, contacts, calendars, tasks, etc. Further, it offers Unicode support which implies that it can repair EDB files of multiple languages in their own language. Also, it is said to be compatible with MS Exchange Server 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000, and 5.5 versions without if’s and but’s.
Well, the outer packaging of the software is displayed here!
Now comes the System Requirements to download & install the software
- Processor: Pentium Class
- Operating System versions: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 12 & 8
- Memory: 1 GB (Minimum)
- Hard Disk: 50 MB free space
- Supported Exchange Server versions: 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000, and 5.5
I downloaded the software from the following link: https://www.stellarinfo.com/edb-exchange-server-recovery.htm
Well, it took approximately 30 seconds for the software to download and install successfully.
Now let us look into the Features and Benefits that the software provides of the software:
After installing the software properly on my Windows 10 PC running Pentium processor with 2GB memory, I launched the software to repair severely corrupt EDB file of Exchange Server 2016 that I had as a part of my work. I launched it by navigating to Start > All Programs > Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery. After running it, I noticed the following features embedded with the software:
- Repairs corrupt MS Exchange Server database EDB file
- Recovers users’ mailboxes stored in the Exchange Server database
- Restores all data such as emails, their attachments, calendar, contacts, etc.
- Provides preview of user mailboxes before recovery or saving
- Saves and loads the scan result of the Exchange database EDB file
- Restores server mailboxes to Live Exchange Server/Office 365
- Provides the ‘Search’ feature to find specific emails in the repaired EDB file
- Provides multiple saving options such as Outlook PST, EML, MSG, RTF, PDF, and HTML formats
Now comes the functionality of the software:
I wished to ensure if the software is user-friendly and suitable enough to be used by a new user or a beginner. Therefore, I double-clicked on the icon of the software. In doing so, the Exchange Recovery software opened to the following screen:
Figure 1: Select EDB file
I found that the software contained several Menus and Buttons to allow users to access the software easily. You can see in Figure 1 that on the Select EDB dialog box, the software provided two options: Open EDB and Find EDB– to begin the repair process.
- Open EDB – This option is provided to browse and locate the location of the corrupt EDB file on the system.
- Find EDB – This option is provided to search and find the corrupt EDB files if the user is not aware if the location of the EDB file on the system.
As I knew the location of the EDB file, I selected the same with Open EDB option. In the same interface a Start button was given. I clicked on it after which the software took me to a screen to select a Scan option from Quick Scan and Extensive Scan.
- Quick Scan – This is a fast scanning mode which is effective in scanning most cases of corruption of EDB file.
- Extensive Scan – This is a detailed scan mode and is a bit slow in comparison to Quick Scan. However, it is recommended for better results.
Wishing to repair the EDB file quickly, I selected Quick Scan as is shown in the figure below:
Figure 2: Scan Modes- Quick Scan & Extensive Scan
Then, I clicked on the OK button. On doing so, the software took me to show the progress of the scan process as shown in the image below:
Figure 3: Scan process in progress
In some time, the scan process was over and a preview window containing the recoverable files was displayed. Here, I could preview each file available in the mailboxes as shown in the image below:
Figure 4: Preview window
After the preview, the software provided the option to save the recovered mailboxes with the Save button. On clicking it, I got the Save As dialog box as shown in the figure below:
Figure 5: Save As dialog box
Here, I was given the option to save in multiple file formats, such as Outlook PST, MSG, PDF, EML, RTF, HTML, and Office 365. Nonetheless, I saved in PST file format.
Well, with this I completed the process to repair the corrupt EDB file and recovered all its data items present in the user mailboxes!
Now comes the Pros & Cons
- Simple and easy-to-understand interface
- Recovers users mailboxes efficiently
- 100% effective regardless of the severity of corruption in the EDB file
- Its corporate edition has a limitation that it is valid for 1 year only. To overcome this limitation, you can use the Technician edition of the software. The reason being, it has an unlimited validity.
What I found on using Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery 8.0 software that it is a must-have for all Exchange Administrators who face Exchange Server issues and have to recover data successfully without loss. Being feature-rich, it is a perfect software for IT administrators in organizations using Exchange as the server environment.
The feature that I like the most about the software is that it can export recovered mailboxes to Office 365 environment. This is because, restoring mailboxes is a highly beneficial feature and makes the software stand apart from other similar software.
Well, I rate it 9 on a scale of 10!