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Create/Replace Exchange main mailbox database.

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Lost my E drive that had my Exchange database info on it. I now want t create a new mailbox database that can start receiving mail that should be comming in ASAP. I just need to know how to delete the old database, create a new one, and make it active.
I tried to delete it but it would not let me because all the mailboxes are linked to it.
So how do I create a new database located on the C drive and link all mailboxes to this new database so I can delete the other DB that is gone.
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by:Akhater
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assuming you dont care about the old data

stop the information store service
go and delete all the EDB and logfiles that exists
start the service
mount the store

you will be prompted if you want to create a new DB say yes
 what exchagne version are you using
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by:calitech
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How do I delete I do not have access to the drive that the database was on.. I think that is the main question.
Exchange 2007 on SBS2008
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do you have any drive empty with the same drive letter? if not can you get any drive and name it e:/?
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by:calitech
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ok, if that is all I need to do then I will get a blank drive and make sure it is my E drive. Then what do I do next? do i create blank DB with the same name on it?
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just get a drive e: and create the FOLDERS where the databases were and try to  mount exchage will prompt you if you want to create a new DB say yes
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and then I can just remove it right? Then go to the users mailbox and select move mailbox to my new created edb file on the C drive.
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yes after it you can go to the properties of the database and use the "move database path" and the "move log files path" options to move it to drive c
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by:calitech
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ok, so I wont delete the DB I will just change path to the C drive? that way it has the same name still and  new DB gets created?
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by:Akhater
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the new db will be created on drive e: as soon as you mount the database, then you can move it to any drive you want
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by:calitech
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ok thanks I will get that done in a couple hours and get back to you and award points to you. Thanks
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by:calitech
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Now is there any trick to get mail flowing in if exchange has been down for 2 days. Or do I just wait.
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once the DB is up new email will start kiciking in
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Thanks
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