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I have a windows 2010 standard edition with 16 mailboxes. Be of my users all of a sudden noticed he lost all folders from A-K. I looked in outlook, owa all did cntrl+6 to show folders. One thing I noticed is that his mailbox is extremely large, about 20gb. Any thoughts?
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by:Alex Green
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Are they not showing up in OWA?

If it's only the one person, I hate to say this, it's more likely he deleted the files.

The only other option is he's hit the limit of the OST file, take cached exchange mode off and then see if they return.
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by:eli290
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They arent showing up in outlook nor OWA. It is just weird that every folder from A-K are gone but everything beyond is still there
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by:Alex Green
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and is it one user or all users?
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one user
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by:Alex Green
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In which case I'll put my money on him accidentally deleting them. They wouldn't just disappear off of OWA as well as outlook.

This one is going to be a restore I'm afraid mate.
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by:eli290
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Yeah I had that feeling, the only issue is that I just took over yesterday and this was my first task. Of course the last guy did not do any exchange backups. They only used symantec system recovery 2011 and backed up the C drive. I dont think there is a way to recover that is there?
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by:Alex Green
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You could possibly try the exchange recovery storage group.
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by:eli290
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i dont think I have ever tried that or seen it. would you be able to give me some directions on that?
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by:Alex Green
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Ah you're running exchange 2010, they may have removed it iirc

However that being said there is a pretty good article here that may help you, otherwise you need to sort out your backup schedule.

http://www.expta.com/2009/10/how-to-use-recovery-database-in.html
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by:Robberbaron (robr)
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also check that he just didnt shift them (drag - drop) to another folder on his mailbox.

happens a bit here, purely by accident. i end up doing a search of mailbox.
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I ended up using a recovery application that worked pretty well. It recovered my entire mailbox into a psd file. I then mounted the PSD and copied the folders over to my OST file folders.
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Used my own idea to solve my problem
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