Defragmenting Exchange Databases

DigiScope is capable (in most scenarios) of defragmenting an offline Exchange Server database (EDB). However the only valid reason to attempt defragmenting is if it will not mount after a successful repair. This is rare however sometimes defragmenting post repair allows DigiScope to then mount the EDB.

NOTE: To open 64-bit Offline Exchange 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016 databases, you must install DigiScope® on a 64-bit operating system.

NOTE: Database Defragmentation for Exchange 2003 are ONLY supported on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.

NOTE: Before using the Defragment option, ensure that you have a copy of the source file saved in an alternate location.

WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT DEFRAGMENTING AGAINST THE ONLY AVAILABLE COPY OF A SOURCE FILE

STOP: Before attempting a DEFRAGMENTATION, you should first attempt the Forensic Mount Option which in most cases will allow you to open the database without having to execute a defragmentation action.

To Defragment an EDB:

  1. Add the Exchange database (EDB) to the Offline Tree in DigiScope. Right-click on the dismounted Exchange database (EDB) you wish to defragment and select the Defragment option.

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  2. Next, you will see the following warning dialog. Please read the warning dialog carefully and if you wish to proceed with the defragmentation, check each of the agreement boxes which will enable the Continue button. Click the Continue button

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  3. Next, the following dialog is shown where you can follow the progress while DigiScope Defragments the Exchange database (EDB).

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  4. Once the Defragmentation process is completed, the Finished dialog will be displayed. Click the Close button to continue. Your Exchange database (EDB) should now be defragmented.

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