How to Recover Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database? Get the Solution

Anuraag Singh | Published: 2021-03-30T14:41:55+00:00 | Exchange Server|
Recover Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database

Summary: In this write-up, we will help users to recover Exchange 2013 mailbox database when they come across or experiencing the corruption or damage problem/issue. This article provides the stepwise solution to perform recovery of mailbox database Exchange 2013 by using WSB (Windows Server Backup) & Exchange 2013 recovery database mentioned here.

The Microsoft Exchange Server is used widely around the globe by many IT organizations and other industry verticals i.e. small, medium & large. All the Exchange data such as: mails, notes, tasks, contacts, journals, calendars are stored in the Exchange users mailboxes and all the mailbox & its items are saved in the Exchange Database file.

Everyone knows the Exchange Server is prone to corruption, when any .edb file gets corrupted or damaged then user/employees are unable to access the Exchange data and this directly affects the workflows as well as the business of the company or organizations. Because of this, the companies have to face financial loss, lose the client or customer trust and face many issues.

To resolve all these problems, it is important for the Exchange administrator to recover Exchange 2013 mailbox database via WSB (Windows Server Backup) and after the recovery the mailboxes by using the ESEUTIL cmdlet & recovery database.

Restore Exchange 2013 Mailbox from Windows Server Backup

For this, the full solution of windows server backup to restore Exchange database and mailboxes is explained in this article. You can use this solution to restore the Exchange 2013 database by using the WSB. Then the user can mount Exchange 2013 mailbox database and recover the Exchange mailboxes from the restored Exchange backup by using the Eseutil cmdlet.

On the other hand, users can use the SysTools Exchange Server EDB Recovery Tool to recover and repair Exchange mailbox as well as EDB file from corruption without using any command. This recovery manager for Exchange database utility supports offline/dismounted Exchange database file and it provides Quick & Advance scanning mode that fix Exchange database corruption and repair EDB file with no data loss in a hassle freeway.

After recovery, users can extract mailbox from EDB file Exchange 2016/2013/2010/2007/2003 and export recovered EDB mailboxes to Live Exchange Server mailboxes, O365 and various file formats.

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How to Recover Exchange 2013 Mailbox from Restored Exchange Database Backup?

Users can follow the steps given below to recover Exchange mailboxes from the restored Exchange 2013 Server mailbox database:

Step 1: Check Exchange Database & Transaction Log File Folder Location

The first and foremost thing to do is to provide the folder location where you need to restore the EDB and log file. Also, make sure that there should be ample space in the disk to store the recovered Exchange database and log file.

Step 2: Check Exchange Database State

To check the restored Exchange database file state i.e. Clean or Dirty Shutdown, users have to use the command provided below:





After executing this cmdlet if the monitor display Exchange dirty shutdown state, then you have to perform soft recovery to bring back the state of the database in a clean shutdown state. For this, users have to run the command provided below:


soft recovery



Here, e01 is the transaction log file prefix

Note: Users can proceed further without performing the soft repair if the state of Exchange database is in clean shutdown state.

Step 3: Generate the Recovery Database in Exchange 2013 Server

The Exchange 2013 recovery database is one of a kind mailbox database that allows user to mount the restored mailbox database & extract the Exchange data from the restored database. For this, the recovery database name must be unique.

For the “LogFolderPath” parameter user have to use the recovered log file location and for the “EDBFilePath” user should have to use the name & Exchange database file path.

Use the cmdlet given below to create the recovery database


Step 4: Check the Mount State of Database

You have to check or verify that the recovery database you have created is in a mounted state. Use the cmdlet given below to verify the database mount state:

Get-MailboxDatabase -status RDB11 | fl Mounted

Step 5: Mount Database

Insert the command mentioned below if the database is not in a mounting state:

Mount-Database “enter_the_recovery_database_name”

After that, again check the database state by using the command provided in the above step.

Step 6: Verify the Restored Database Mailbox Statistics

Get-MailboxStatistics -Database  | ft -auto

Run the following command to find entire Exchange mailboxes that exist in the recovery database:

Get-MailboxStatistics -Database RecoveryDB | ?{$_.DisplayName -like ‘xxx-xxx’} | fl DisplayName,MailboxGuid,DisconnectDate

Step 7: After that, users have to restore the mailboxes via  New-MailboxRestoreRequest cmdlet. There are specific commands to restore complete Exchange mailbox, restore mailbox via GUID, etc…

Step 8: Then, check the status of the mailbox restore request by using the cmdlet given below:


Step 9: Then execute the command below to remove the restore request when the status of restore is completed.

Get-MailboxRestoreRequest -Status Completed | Remove-MailboxRestoreRequest

To verify or check that the solution provided here is successfully recover Exchange 2013 mailbox database. Users can access the recovered mailbox in OWA (Outlook Web App) or Outlook. If the Exchange database is available that means the recovery process is successful.

Note: If the given process fails to recover the mailboxes due to corruption or any other issue, in that case, users can use the advanced software i.e. Exchange Server EDB Recovery Tool which easily resolves database corruption Exchange 2010, 2013, 2016 and remove corruption from offline/dismounted Exchange database file without any data loss. The Quick & Advance scan option easily recover minimal and major corrupted EDB file without using any command and users can extract the mailboxes & export directly to the Live Exchange 2016/2013/2010/2007/2003 mailboxes, Office 365 and multiple file formats in a simplified manner.

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Bringing It All Together

Now users have complete information to recover Exchange 2013 mailbox database by using the solution provided here. In case of corruption and to avoid all the complexity that user face in manual solition, it is suggested to use the automated wizard that easily recover Exchange database file from corruption with no data loss and users can easily export recover as well as healthy Exchange EDB mailboxes to the Exchange Server, O365 and PST, EML, PDF, MBOX, MSG, EML file format without any hindrance.

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