Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Repairing corrupted NSF file due to compaction in Lotus Domino 7.0.3

Lotus Notes is a popular email client and personal information manager that is developed and marketed by IBM. It is an integrated desktop client program that is used for emailing, calendaring, managing the PIM, instant messaging, Web browsing, and what not. All such information of Lotus Notes is stored in an NSF file. The size of the NSF file can be defined, and when the size of the NSF file nears the size limit you should compact the file to prevent corruption and, thus, data loss. However, sometimes compacting an NSF file, too, may result in its corruption. In such case, you should repair the NSF file using a third-party NSF File Recovery software to Repair NSF File.

Consider a scenario wherein you have Lotus Domino 7.0.3 FP1 installed on your Windows Server 2003 system. You put the databases for compaction every night while leaving for the day. However, when you come back the next day you find that few databases have corrupted. An error message is displayed, that is:

“Error compacting Mail *.nsf: Database is corrupt -- Cannot allocate space”