Ways to Convert NSF to PST Without Lotus Notes Installation

Synopsis: This blog post explains the free manual methods for NSF File Recovery and convert NSF to PST Without Lotus Notes

Database files that are used by Lotus Notes software are stored in NSF (Notes Storage Facility) format. NSF stores data in a document known as ‘notes’ consisting of business data including calendar, mails etc. The Lotus Dominos server often hosts NSF files that are downloadable by Lotus Notes clients. It allows working with a functional database even when user is in offline mode. If any changes are made to the database by the client, Domino facilitates syncing the changes in the master database as well. NSF files can be used for data replication process also.

Some of the reasons for NSF File corruption are:

  • Virus Attack
  • Abrupt or sudden System shutdown
  • Checksum Mismatch: occurs in case of corrupt attachments thereby resulting in inaccessibility of email messages in Lotus Notes
  • Corrupt File Header: corrupt NSF header stops access to emails, contacts etc which can caused by power failure or any human error
  • Hardware failure: damage in hard drive can be caused due to bad sectors which will affect all files placed on these bad sectors
  • Migration: Sometimes, the users migrate from Lotus Notes to other email format, which can sometimes lead to errors.


Free manual methods for NSF file recovery

Below I have discussed the free manual methods to repair corrupt NSF Files on your own.

Method 1.Convert NSF File to PST

This is the best way to view the contents of corrupt NSF Files. In this method, you can convert the contents of NSF files to PST file format by using the manual as well as by using third party tool.

#Exporting .NSF Files

  • Open IBM Lotus Notes
  • Click on File Tab and click on Open.
  • Select the NSF File for conversion.
  • Click again on the File tab and click on Export.
  • Choose the location and enter the File name.
  • In Save as Type choose Comma Separated value.
  • Click on Export tab and a dialogue box will appear.
  • Select the option according to your need and click OK.

# Import IBM Notes Files to Outlook PST

  • Open MS Outlook.
  • Click on the File tab and then on Open & Export.
  • Click the Second option i.e. Import/Export.
  • A dialogue box will appear named Import and Export.
  • Select Import from another program or file option and click on Next.
  • Select the file type as Comma Separated Value and Click on Next.
  • Open the NSF file which you saved in the previous steps.
  • Click on Next.
  • Select the preferred Outlook Folder where the file has to be exported.
  • Make a selection on the Checkbox and click on Finish.
  • The CSV data will get imported into Outlook.

Method 2. By Using IBM Fixup Tool

  • Open Domino Administrator.
  • Select the Server of the Corrupt Database.
  • Click on File Tab and Open the Database.
  • Now Click on the Tool tab and choose the Database.
  • Click on Fixup and other optional buttons.
  • Click OK to fix the corruption. Note*- The file must have .nsf extension which you have selected to Fixup.

So, I have discussed the manual method to fix corrupt NSF file on your own.These are free manual methods for NSF file recovery. But, as you can see, this method is not easy to implement and require technical expertise. Therefore, you can follow the easy method of using Professional NSF to PST Conversion Tool By SysInfo Tools.

Method 3. By using NSF to PST

You can use this tool to convert NSF files to PST without Lotus Notes

Let us see the working of this NSF to PST Converter tool.

Step 1. Select the .nsf files that need to be converted.

This image explains the working of NSF to PST converter tool.

Step 2. The tool will scan the files and show a preview.

Free manual methods for NSF file recovery in 2019

Step 3. Now, select the location where you want to save the newly created PST files

This image how the NSF files are converted to PST files by software to repair corrupt NSF files

Step 4. Define a date range for Advance conversion option

NSF to PST converter online

Step 5. After the conversion process is complete, click OK

Export NSF to PST online  by NSF to PST converter tool

For the detailed working of this tool, you can watch the video:


To Sum Up

I have explained the free manual methods for NSF File Recovery by converting NSF files to PST format and by using the fixup tool. But these methods take up a lot of time for users. So, I suggest using Professional NSF to PST converter tool to repair corrupt NSF files.

You can also read:

Migrating IBM Lotus notes DXL into MS Outlook PST 2016


About The Author:

I'm a content writer in the field of Email Migration, Data Recovery, Email backup, and File Management. I started this writing career two years back. I think the vast range of information in this industry is the reason I am so fascinated to read about the newer techniques and technology.

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