How to Convert EDB file to PST format Manually

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In this article, we will see what is the EDB file, type of different EDB files, When is the EDB file created by Exchange Server, and how to Convert EDB file to PST format manually? Because it is very necessary to clear every aspect for easy EDB to PST conversion. If you read this article carefully, then definitely your problem will be resolved.

What is the EDB file: EDB file means Exchange database file used by Exchange Server to store mailbox data like Email, Contacts, Calendar, and Notes. Here, the extensible storage engine works continuously to create a persistent database for easy access and retrieval purpose.

Type of different EDB files:-

Priv.edb: When between two users communication occurs, then Priv.edb file created by the Exchange server.

Pub.edb: The Pub.edb file is created by Exchange Server when one user communicates or delivers a message in a public group.

STM file: STM file means streaming database file created for storing media content separately before the Exchange Server 2007.

Public Folder Database.edb: The Public Folder Database.edb file is a replacement for the Pub.edb file in Exchange Server 2007 onwards.

Mailbox Database.edb: The Mailbox Database.edb file is also a replacement for the Priv.edb file in Exchange Server 2007 onwards.

When is the EDB file created by Exchange Server?

Exchange Server

Supported EDB file 


Exchange Server 2000 And 2003

Priv.edb, Pub.edb, STM file

Drive C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\Priv1.edb

Drive C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA\Pub1.edb

Exchange Server 2007

Mailbox Database.edb,

 Public Folder Database.edb

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

Exchange Server 2010

Mailbox Database.edb,

Public Folder Database.edb

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

Exchange Server 2013/2016/2019

Mailbox Database.edb

C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Mailbox\Mailbox database name

Note: After Exchange server 2010, only one Mailbox Database.edb file is created.

Before starting the EDB to PST conversion process, please identify the appropriate EDB file type and the location which belongs to your exchange Sever.

How to Convert EDB file to PST format manually?

There are two manual methods available to convert EDB to PST format. So, to convert the Exchange EDB file to PST format, follow the mentioned step carefully.

Method 1: By using Exchange admin center:

Step 1: Create a new shared folder to save converted PST files. Then assign the Full Access Permission to this shared folder.

Step 2: Open Exchange Admin Center and enter your login details.

Step 3: Then click on Permissions Tab >> Recipient Management >> Add >> Mailbox Import Export Role >> Add >> OK.

Step 4: Add mailbox to be exported and assign Import Export permissions to this mailbox.

Step 5: Then, click on Recipient >> Mailboxes.

Step 6: Select the mailbox that you wants to migrate from EDB to PST format >> Right click on this folder >> Export to a PST file >> Next >> select the Destination Path >> Next >> Finish.

Method 2: By Using Microsoft EXMerge Tool:

Step 1: Open the ExMerge application and click on the Next button to for doing EDB to PST conversion.

Step 2: Now, choose Extract or Import (Two Step Procedure) and click on the Next.

Step 3: Select Step 1: Extract data from an Exchange Server Mailbox and tap the Next.

Step 4: Enter your exchange server credential details and click on the Next.

Step 5: Now window will open with the name of Data Selection Criteria >> choose Import Procedure tab >> and click on Archive data to target store >> tap on OK.

Step 6: Then select the mailboxes to be migrated into the PST format and click on the Next button.

Step 7: Now select the destination path and click on Next.

Step 8: At last, click on the Finish button once the export process is finished.

Third-party app for converting EDB file to PST format:-

MailsSoftware EDB to PST converter is the best EDB to PST converter software to convert Exchange EDB file to PST format with maintaining all folder hierarchy and email properties. This application has an all-advanced option that helps you successfully EDB to PST conversion.

The beneficial features of this EDB converter software are:

  • Repairs corrupted files and migrates them.
  • Migrates all types of EDB files.
  • No size restrictions are matter while exporting EDB files to PST format.
  • Duplicates item can be excluded at the time extract mailbox from EDB to PST.
  • Directly migrate EDB files to Office 365 and Exchange Live Server.

Convert EDB to PST file using MailsSoftware EDB to PST Converter:

Step 1: Click on Add EDB button to select the EDB file to repair & convert EDB to PST.

Step 2: Now, the system will generate all mailboxes and their data previews. Then, choose Export Multiple option and click on the Outlook PST option.

Step 3: In the new pop window, choose the required mailbox to be converted EDB to PST. And click on Next.

Step 4: Then click on the browse button to select the destination path under Select Folder section and click on Next.

Step 5: Apply filter on a database for shorting the important EDB file data. It is not required if you want to export all mailbox data. Then again, click on Next.

Step 6: Now, converting EDB to PST file format process will start. Once EDB to PST conversion is complete, click on the Finish button.

Use demo version:

Conclusion:- First of all, I want to thank you all for reading this article. All the methods discussed in this post are applicable at the ground level related to EDB file to PST conversion. I have mentioned here two manual methods as well as an automatic tool because manual methods mostly do not give the desired results and have many drawbacks for which this automated tool would be perfect. Demo version of this tool is also available under which 50 items can be successfully exported to Outlook PST format.

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