recovering deleted email in outlook 2003


we are using exchange 2003 and outlook 2003 my company ceo has deleted an important email over three weeks ago and i tried the outlook recover hard deleted email and i was not able(our exchange is set to store delted emails for only three weeks). and we donot have a backup of our exchange database

does anyone know of any tool or any mean that i can use to recover the deleted email.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If it's past your deleted item retention and you have no backups, then you have no way to recover.  I suggest you start making backups... without them, how exactly would you recover from a corruption or disk failure or fire?
* Well i wonder whether this would help.

* If by any chance you have any .ost file from the users outlook profile ( before the email was deleted ), you could use any ost to pst converter tool to extract the emails in a pst and then try to find the email

Hopefully (not very sure) this helps (^_^)
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mzhaimAuthor Commented:
hi rudram

how can i check if i have any ost file before the email was deleted


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* Well you can check in the users outlook profile and search for the ost files and check the modified dates of those files.

* So if you happen to find any of them dated before the email was deleted, you could probably use it.

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
By all means, check for an old OST... however, it's VERY UNLIKELY that an old one exists.  OST files are constantly used to keep the local copy of the mailbox in sync with the network copy - and there's only ONE OST file per user UNLESS there was a problem with the user's mail and the admin did something to change it.
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