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Moved mailbox but ran out of space...Now gone?

I had an Exchange 2003 Server that has 4 storage groups.
I wanted to move one of the larger 17gb mailboxes to another database so I started the move.
I forgot I needed at least 17gb of free space to make the move. It stopped after 2gb.
So I deleted the 2gb it had moved to the newly created store and then deleted that store.
The original mailbox was still in the first store.
Since then, a backup ran and the original mailbox is no longer found in that original storage group.
If I right click on that user in AD and go to exchange tasks, it has the option to create a new mailbox.
Hesitant in doing that since I don't know if I can reconnect the old 17gb mailbox to it?
The only backup is a bkf that runs every night so I now have a backup AFTER the mailbox was already gone.
What to do?? Side note: Cache mode was not on the users workstation.
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jciancia
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Narayan_singhCommented:
What about any disconnected mailboxes ... if there was retention period set you may find the mailbox in disconnected state as you said the mailbox was there in original store even after you deleted the 2 Gb store.

What about Backup from previous night ?



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gupnitCommented:
Hi,
How about old Backups? You will need a backup to be able to restore. Check Deleted Mailbox http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Mailbox-Management.html
Thanks
Nitin
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jcianciaAuthor Commented:
I think what happened is when I deleted and purged the 2gb piece, it deleted all instances of her mailbox, including the 17gb. The retention for mailboxes was set to 1 day so it removed it.
Now the challenge is trying to inspect and extract it from the edb file.
I have Powercontrols from Ontrack but when I open the EDB the mailbox is not there either.
If I recreate the mailbox, is there a chance it will reconnect it to the old data that still resides in the edb or will it zero everything out and start from scratch with a clean mailbox??
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gupnitCommented:
If there is none in Disconnected as there was no retention policy, then you have a NO-GO here...!! Old Backups are your best bet.
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Narayan_singhCommented:
ontrack will retarive the mailbox only if there is a mailbox as you said there is no mailbox so ontrack will not find mailbox.

(is there a chance it will reconnect it to the old data ) which data there is no mailbox so there isnt any data either.

as you said you have 1 day retention restore it from the backup which was taken just after deleting the mailbox and see if there is a mailbox there.....
you will get her entire mailbox from the backup which was taken within one day after deleting mailbox.

or restore previous backup .... you will lose one day data.


use recovery staorage group to restore the data
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jcianciaAuthor Commented:
Well, since the size of the EDB file is still the same as it was before, the email data has to be there even if the mailbox was purged correct?
A defrag hasn't been run to clear the whitespace.
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Narayan_singhCommented:
EDB size will remain same untill you perform offline defarg ..... no need to suspect that the mailbox is hiding :-)
If the mailbox was purged there will be no data.
You need to restore.

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gupnitCommented:
Hi,
It is a NOGO situation, Ontrack did not see it too. Do you have any old backups, use RSG
You can contrinue to try other ED recovery software too, but I am sorry to say it would be futile. But still God bless !
Cheers
Nitin
 
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jcianciaAuthor Commented:
Well I found a backup from 10/1/09 so I was able to recover about 14gb of the 17gb of data.
Still a lesson learned.
I will try RSG as well ....couldn't hurt.
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Narayan_singhCommented:
if you have already restored the backup no need to try RSG ....
RSG is recovery storage group you create it specially to restore  backup since yo can can dismount live database to restore a backup...Npw that you have already restore the backup i dontthink there is need to again use RSG as it will also show thw same mailbox size.
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