Microsoft Entourage database has lots of objects and data that increase the size and complexity of the database. The increased complexity and size of the database leads to a wide range of problems, which also includes database corruption. Sometimes you may find that your Entourage account freezes during normal operations and you encounter numerous errors while accessing the data. In such critical scenarios, you need to go for effective Entourage repair method.
In order to deal with such situations, Microsoft Office for Mac includes an inbuilt troubleshooting tool, which is known as Database Utility. This tool has the following four options:
- Verify database integrity
- Compact database
- Rebuild database
- Set database preferences
When you encounter database corruption related errors and your application crashes, you should verify the database integrity using Database Utility. If it detects any issue, then you need to rebuild the database.
Rebuilding is the process of repairing the database and making it accessible for the user. You can then create backup of your Entourage database and import the data to a new database. However, there are some situations where it may fail to work and you need to use other Entourage database recovery options.
Such situations include the following ones:
- You have an Exchange Server account. It is highly recommended that you should never try to rebuild an Exchange Server account. Rebuilding can cause further damage and may make the situations worse. You can fix such issues by creating a new account and then downloading all the mails from server.
- You do not have enough free space on the disk. The rebuilding process requires plenty of free space on the hard drive to complete the process. It is usually 6 times more than the actual size of your data. You can use an external hard drive to make the rebuild process successful.
- Rebuilding cannot handle complex corruption. It is not a very powerful utility to deal with all sorts of corruption. If database has severe corruption, then it cannot detect and fix it. In such situations, you need to go for third-party recovery applications to get your critical data back.
The recovery tools are specifically developed to extract inaccessible and unusable data from corrupted Entourage database. They extract all your significant data to RGE file, which you can later import to your Entourage account. Such tools are pretty handy and safe to use.