Can a Exchange 2003 Defragmentation be stopped?

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I started a eseutil /d /t f:\tmpdfr.edb G:\Exchsrvr\Mdbdata\priv1.edb

The Exchange EDB resides on a SCSI drive, but the temp DB could only be used with an external IDE drive over USB.

It was started at 11:00am Eastern and has been running for 3 hours and only 3% has been completed.  I now fear that this will run into tomorrows work day.  The other issue is when users log on the server will reboot.

So I am hoping to stop the defrag and return to normal and start the defrag the coming Friday evening and hope that it finishes over the weekend and hopefully without rebooting.
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Recommended practice is that the defragmentation is run on a COPY of the EDB file, if this is the case then yes you can stop it because you should still have the original file?

If not then I don't think the stability of the EDB can be guaranteed although it has no doubt been done many times without problems there is no guarantee it will be OK.
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Although in saying that the defragmentation should be done into the temp file you are creating so although that file will be unusable the original file should not be effected.  It also means it will still be unfragmented.

So in answer to your question you should be able to stop the defrag without problems as it us degragging into a temporary file

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That is great to hear.  I guess I will copy the files over to the USB External Drive and then defrag from there.  The external drive is a 300GB drive.

I want to reiterate what you said to make sure I am understanding you correctly.  Since I am running defrag to a temp EDB stopping it will only affect the temp EDB not the original EDB.  Is that correct?
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Sorry for delay in getting back to you but yes this is correct.
I am assuming as you have accepted the answer you have now stopped the defrag and all is OK?

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