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How To Move Exchange 2016 Database To Another Drive

Move Your Exchange Database To Different Drive From Default Location

Move Exchange 2016 Database To Another Drive

Want to move exchange 2016 database to another drive?

When you install a fresh exchange server.

It creates a default Mailbox Database location if not changed at the time of installation.

Default Mailbox Database Location C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Mailbox

It is not the best practice, in addition, it is risky if you haven’t move exchange 2016 database to another drive.


Why Move Exchange Database To Another Drive

It is necessary to move the exchange database to another drive because if anything wrong happens to the operating system.

The complete exchange server configuration is in danger.

Though you might have taken a backup of your exchange server

If your hard drive has gone bad and unrecoverable, all email system will be down

The default location is also not suitable as the size of database grow day by day and you might face the issue with space

Renaming the Mailbox database is also mandatory so that you can remember the name quickly and type it where it is required.


How To Move Exchange Server 2016 edb and log files

First, you can check the database name and rename it with the easy name

Which can be remembered easily, for example like MBDB1 or MBDB2, etc.

In order to get the database name and default path, run the following cmdlet in the exchange management shell

Get-MailboxDatabase | fl Name, EdbFilePath,LogFolderPath

move mailbox database to another drive

By running the above cmdlet, you will get the name and path of the exchange mailbox database.


Steps to rename the exchange server mailbox 

Open Exchange Management Shell and type the cmdlet Get-MailboxDatabase

Now run another cmdlet to rename exchange server 2016 mailbox database

The cmdlet to rename Exchange server mailbox database is

Set-MailboxDatabase “Database Name” -Name NewName

For Example, see below

how to move exchange mailbox database


Confirm the database name by checking it with Get-MailboxDatabase cmdlets again

Now Exchange server database has been renamed and the next step is to move the database to another drive

Prior to Move Exchange Server Mailboxes

Move mailbox database exchange 2016 via Powershell

Make sure you have two more hard drives installed on your exchange server 2016

exchange drives


One for .edb files and another for log files, if your exchange server is part of dag

Keep the drive letter the same as on other exchange servers

In order to move the database run the following cmdlet

Move-DatabasePath <database name> -EdbFilePath <path & filename> -LogFolderPath <path>

Create a folder inside the drives by the name of MBDB1 or any name of your choice

For example, I used drive letter F: and G: to move .edb & log files so you can run the command below

move database in exchange 2016

The message will appear “Are you sure you want to perform this action” just type y to confirm the move


One more message will appear regarding database temporarily dismount just type y to move further

database move in action


Once this is done, the exchange server database will be renamed and moved successfully

While the process of moving the Exchange 2016 database to another drive.

Exchange dismount the database, restore it to a different drive and mount it again.

This process may take time, according to your database size.

So, for best practice, move the exchange database just after installing it and before creating any new user mailbox.

For more clear vision to move exchange 2016 database Watch the following video

How To Rename & Move Exchange 2016 Default Mailbox Database

I hope after watching the above video for renaming and moving the exchange mailbox database.

You can easily rename and move exchange 2016 database to another drive.

If in case you face problems while doing this.

Feel free to contact via email:, we will be glad to assist you.

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