Exchange administrators usually do not have to interact directly with the EDB storage folders unless they need to restore data or create a backup. So, it won’t come as a surprise if you don’t know the default location of your EDB files. In fact, the default location of Exchange Database Files varies from one version to another. And if you know the location of EDB files, it will be easier for you to fix Exchange related issues and errors, especially when you are using inbuilt features to fix EDB corruption.
Where you can find EDB files?
If you are using Exchange Server 2000 & 2003, you can locate your EDB files at:
If you are using Exchange Server 2007, you can locate your EDB files at:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\Mailbox\First Storage Group\Mailbox Database.edb
C:\Program\Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\Mailbox\First Storage Group\Public Folder Database.edb
If you are using Exchange Server 2010, you can locate your EDB files at:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Mailbox Database\Mailbox Database.edb
C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Public Folder Database\Public Folder Database.edb
If you are using Exchange Server 2013, you can locate your EDB files at:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Mailbox\Mailbox database Name\Mailbox database Name.edb
If you are using Exchange Server 2016, you can locate your EDB files at:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Mailbox\Mailbox Database Name.edb
Once you know the location of EDB files, you can move, backup, migrate, recover or delete them as per your requirement using their respective procedures. Also, most of the Exchange recovery tools have inbuilt search facilities to locate the EDB files. Tools like Kernel for Exchange Server can be used even if you don’t know the location of the EDB file.
Kernel for Exchange Server
Kernel for Exchange Server has an in-built search feature which allows it to search for EDB files from not just a specific folder but an entire drive. Please note that the Search feature works even in the free trial version of the tool.
Here is its working procedure with all the steps -
- Install the software and run by following Start >> Kernel for Exchange Server >> Kernel for Exchange Server. The home page displays all the options for the source and destination. Click the Offline EDB icon.
- Select the first option, ‘Offline EDB file’ and click Next.
- As you are not aware of the location of the Exchange database (EDB) file, you need to click the Search button.
- Click the (•••) icon and browse the folder or drive where you suspect the EDB file resides.
- After selecting the folder or drive, click the Search button.
- The tool searches for the EDB file in the specified drive and enlists all the files it finds. Select any one and click OK.
- Click Next.
- There are two scan modes for the corrupt EDB file - Standard Scan and Deep Scan. Select any one and click Next.
- After scanning the database, the tool shows the message ‘100% process completed’. Click Finish.
- Check the content of the EDB file and get the preview of mailbox items.
- If you want to recover the mailbox data after preview, you can add a destination and copy mailboxes from the EDB file to the added destination.
If you want to recover the mailbox data after preview, you can add a destination and copy mailboxes from the EDB file to the added destination.