Recover Deleted Mail

hi there

i have a client who has the following problem.
he had a previous partner in the business but they are no longer partners and the whole situation has turned out into a criminal case. so the active partner requested me to recover mails from the exchange on this "criminal's" mailbox.
needless to say that person deleted all the email and the retention policy's time period has also been exceeded.
is there any way i can still retrieve these mails?
it is really needed for this case.

please help.
stevenvanheerdenAsked:
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Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
If you don't have a backup, the emails aren't in the "recover deleted items" funtion of outlook and there isn't a local copy on the users old workstation (cached mode or PST), then you're only bet will be to contact a data recovery company that specializes in exchange.  The only one i know that I'd recommend it ontrack, but they ain't cheap.
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stevenvanheerdenAuthor Commented:
hi Guys

thanks a lot, but there are no backups here.
we have just taken the over the contract for IT, seems like the previous IT company didn't take any security measures into consideration.
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chcwCommented:
It is possible that the deleted emails still exist in your offline storage file(.OST) on the local computer. If that is the case, then you can try to use a OST file recovery tool to recover the deleted emails for you, below is a list of the products that can do the task:

http://www.datanumen.com/aexr/compare.htm

Most of the tools provide a free demo so you can try first.

If none of these tools bring the wanted emails for you, then the deleted emails do not exist  in the OST file any more. But some of  they may still store on the sectors of the local computer. If that is the case, then you can try a tool called Advanced Outlook Data Recovery at

http://www.datanumen.com/aodr/

to scan the whole disk/drive where you have stored your OST file in the past, and output the fixed data to an external drive. If the data fragment containing the email data is not overwritten, then you still have chances to recover them via this tool.
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stevenvanheerdenAuthor Commented:
hi

out of luck there as well.
the previous partner had a laptop, which was his personal one...so he has it with him.
the only way will have to be via a method extracting the data from the actual exchange server...
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Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
Wouldn't hurt to preserve an image of the hard drive in the event that a 20k$ data recovery job might be peanuts compared to a high dollar litigation.  The more writing you do to that hard drive(s) the less likely data recovery will be.
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