Thursday, February 16, 2012

Recover Vital Lotus Notes Data post corruption using NSF File Recovery tools

Lotus Notes is an extensively deployed email client for both small and large business establishments. The key features of Lotus Notes application are emails, calendar, PIM, instant messaging and web browsing. Developed by IBM, Lotus Notes work in conjunction with Domino Servers for a collaborative working environment. Lotus Notes is a remarkable personal information manager which provides excellent features and functionalities designed for professional usage.

Lotus Notes store data in the Notes Storage Facility (NSF) file format. The data is stored in units called 'notes'. These notes store business information as well as mail and calendar data collaboratively. Lotus Notes NSF file is the repository for user data and information and has added ability to replicate and compress for enhanced security. However, just like other email applications Lotus Notes also faces the heat of corruption.

A common error message encountered at the time of NSF file corruption is:

Error full text indexing : Full text index Corrupt, Try to Delete and Re-add Index


After such error message is encountered all the NSF file data becomes inaccessible. Vital emails, calendar entries, attachments, appointments and contacts are lost owing to the database corruption. NSF file corruption can result from multiple factors such as virus attack, NSF file header corruption, application related issues, power failure (dirty shutdown), checksum mismatch, operating system errors and incompatibility issues.


An efficacious resolve would be Lotus Notes Recovery using an updated backup. But if there is no backup available to recover data then the only solution left is to go for a reliable third party software to reover data from the corrupt NSF file. A number of NSF file recovery tools are available in the market today that can repair the damaged or corrupted NSF file and recover corresponding NSF files from it easily. While recovery, these powerful tools preserve the original formating of the Lotus Notes files.

One such adroit tool is “Stellar Phoenix Lotus Notes Recovery”. This software repairs corrupt NSF files of Lotus Notes versions 7.x and 6.x. All the vital emails, contacts, notes, journals, attachments, calendar etc. are recovered from the damaged Notes file efficiently. After recovery, the software creates a new NSF file with all the recovered data at a user specified location. The demo version of this preeminent NSF File Recovery tool is available for download which offers the preview of first 5 items per folder.