Product Review – Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery

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Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery is Exchange Server recovery software to recover lost and corrupt email messages, contacts, calendar, and other stuff in a mailbox. The software runs on Windows platform and performs a thorough scan on its hard drive to hit upon the Exchange Server database (i.e. the EDB files) stored at one or more unknown locations. In case the exact location of the EDB files is known, user can directly open it with this EDB recovery software.

In addition, the software facilitates watching a preview of the recovered mailbox, including all the folders containing emails and other items like calendar events, notes, etc. The software converts the recovered mailbox to its corresponding PST (i.e. Outlook data file) that user can directly import into MS Outlook. Moreover, the software efficiently recovers deleted or corrupt mailboxes, and then allows saving the recovered mailboxes at a desired location on the computer.

Before saving the repaired mailbox as a PST file, user can filter it for recovering selected items right from the folders hierarchy. The software also generates a log file that lists all the transactions performed while recovering the Exchange Mailbox.

How it Works

Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery requires a Windows-based computer to run, and ultimately to recover corrupt Exchange Server database (i.e. the EDB file) file that is already located on the same computer. It does not matter if the exact location of the EDB file on a computer is known or unknown. This Exchange Server database recovery tool enables finding those files on the computer on which it is installed.

Generally, when the location of one or more crucial files stored on a computer is unknown, user goes through several locations where he might have saved those files. Or else, he can directly search those files in the Windows file/folder search option. Well, Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery software has both the options – ‘Open EDB File’ and ‘Find EDB File’ right on its home screen.

Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery

Screenshot 1: Select EDB File

As I mentioned above, click ‘Open EDB File’ button to select the corrupt EDB file if its exact location on the computer is known.

Phoenix Mailbox Exchange RecoveryScreenshot 2: Open EDB File

Select the Exchange Server database file (prive1.edb as shown in the screenshot 2) and click the Open button.

Phoenix Mailbox Exchange RecoveryScreenshot 3: Find EDB File

User sometimes forgets the exact location of a crucial file on the computer, and then he has to find it. Keeping the point in mind, this Mailbox Exchange Recovery tool is provided with a separate ‘Find EDB File’ option as you can see in the screenshot 3 (above).

Phoenix Mailbox Exchange RecoveryScreenshot 4: Choose the EDB file in the Search Result

Select the required corrupt EDB file in the Search Result, and then proceed by click the OK button. Now, the software requires choosing the Exchange Server version (as shown in the screenshot 1), and it must be chosen correctly (out of Exchange Server 2010/2007/2003/2000/5.5).

Phoenix Mailbox Exchange RecoveryScreenshot 5: Select Server Type

With the correct Exchange Server version selected, start repairing it by clicking the Start button given on the home screen dialog.

Phoenix Mailbox Exchange RecoveryScreenshot 6: Select Scan Mode

The ‘Select Scan Mode’ pop-up allows (or requires) choosing a scan mode out of ‘Quick Scan’ and ‘Extensive Scan’ to proceed recovering the Exchanger Server database that is corrupt. As you can see on the screenshot 6 (above), a little explanation about both modes of scan is given. Subsequently, the software quickly scans the selected EDB file and repairs it to the maximum.

Important: The time elapsed in scanning the EDB file relies directly on its size and probably on the extent of corruption.

Since the software performance is based very much on the hardware configuration of the computer, I must say that it performs considerably faster on computers even with a least set of system configuration (minimum requirements: Processor: Pentium Class, Operating System: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2003/2000, RAM: 512MB recommended, Disk space required: 50MB).

As the software ends up recovering the EDB file successfully, it lands the user up to the screen shown in the screenshot 7 (below), where he can preview the mailbox items for all the mailboxes available in the recovered EDB file.

Phoenix Mailbox Exchange RecoveryScreenshot 7: Mailbox Preview

The hierarchical folder structure (i.e. the tree view) shown at the left has its own significance; let me tell you what those are:

  • Since the EDB file contains multiple mailboxes, user can go for selective mailbox recovery.
  • User can filter even a selected mailbox for recovery.
  • Recovery of only emails is also doable.

With the required folders in a mailbox or a complete mailbox selected in the tree, click the Save Mailbox button on the software toolbar to them. On the Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery dialog, click the Browse button and choose a destination (see the screenshot 8) on the computer to save the recovered mailbox as a PST file.

Phoenix Mailbox Exchange RecoveryScreenshot 8: Select Destination

Saving the recovered mailbox selected folders at the selected location requires clicking the OK button, which is shown below:

Phoenix Mailbox Exchange RecoveryScreenshot 9: Save Repaired Mailbox

Once the PST file is created, user can import it directly into MS Outlook to access the recovered mailbox items. Some impressive features of the software that I really liked are:

  • The folder hierarchy to filter mailbox
  • Faster scan engine
  • Mailbox preview
  • Save at a desired location


  • User-friendly GUI
  • Do-it-yourself software
  • Least system requirements
  • Recovers deleted mailboxes


  • Pricy
  • Must be handled with care

Key Features

  • Recovers corrupt or inaccessible Exchange Server database (EDB) files
  • Repairs EDB files created in Exchange Server 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000, 5.5
  • Recovers Unicode formatted EDB files
  • Selective recovery of mailbox folders
  • Mailbox preview is available
  • User-friendly GUI
  • Compatible with Windows 7/ Vista/ XP/ 2003/ 2000
  • Supports MS Office (64-bit)
  • Recovers PUB.EDB files
  • Quick and Extensive mailbox scan

The Demo version

The demo version of Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery software is available free of cost on developer’s site, and enables watching a preview of the recovered emails messages and other items in the mailbox. However, saving the recovered mailbox requires a registered copy of the software.


One of the most attractive features of a software is its user interface, which must be user-friendly. Well, Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery has it, and therefore it become easy for an administrator to perform Exchange database recovery task in order to fix corruption in the users’ mailboxes in the organization.

Based on the self-experience and performance of the software, I definitely recommend using it to recover corrupt Exchange Server Mailbox data.

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