Ran out of disk space on exchange 2003

Hi ,
has anyone used storagecraft exchange granular recovery to restore multiple mailboxes from a legacy block level backup to a different mailbox store?

what is your experience with it in regards to speed?

Also if you haven't tried it, do your recommend any similar software ?
I reduced the database size by moving some users to a different one but this takes long time, so my goal is to backup the database with the remaining users, delete it, create a new one, move the users back to the new database.

thank you..
Shando1971Asked:
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
is this a physical box?  what is your disk layout?
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Shando1971Author Commented:
Yes, raid 5.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
no other space available to add disks?
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Shando1971Author Commented:
No, but I put half of the users on a database on an external usb3 drive (about 80 GB of datat, 100 users), it is working great so far with no performance issues, i know it is not recommended and not supported but i had no other choice.
there is only about 30 users left on the old database, so my plan is to move the old database to the external drive off hours, delete it to free the space, move the new database on the external drive to the server, then start moving the 30 users slowly to the new database.
does this looks like a sound plan?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
maybe
have you looked at how much white space is in the database?
if there isn't much white space then you won't get far because it will fill up again
if there is, you could run a defrag on the database using the external drive as temp space since you have nothing local
but since you already started the process...could work
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Shando1971Author Commented:
about 60 gb as i moved users to other database on another server.

how about storage craft, have you used it or used something similar?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
i have not
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Shando1971Author Commented:
Hi,
moving the database to an external drive worked great, there is a database size on the drive now of 110 GB, about 30 users and it is working great with no performance issue.
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Shando1971Author Commented:
External drive working fine.
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