How can I best deal with an Entourage 2008 database that corrupts frequently?
Posted on 2010-09-17
A Macbook running Mac OS Snow Leopard and Microsoft Office Mac 2008 has the Entourage Database failing frequently - now almost immediately - and I need to try and resolve the issue.
It syncronises with an Exchange server 2003 on an SBS 2003 box and has a very large database - 17.8 GB - only 5GB of data being on the server.
Entourage starts with the MS database utility and will not complete either a verification or repair.
I can restore the database from Time Machine's recent backup and the database will verify but it fails again on next reboot.
I have created a new profile - and therefore a new database - and syncronised with the Exchange and that seems fine, but it means there's 12GB of data that has not been recovered from the old database.
I have run First Aid on the disc, which repaired some minor errors but the database failed again shortly after.
There are two issues of I want to address:
1) What causes Enrourage database failures? Is it bad data coming down from the Exchange, or hardware problems, or something else?
2) Assuming I can get the database running long enough to do anything with it, what would be the best way of archiving the 12GB of email data that is not on the Exchange, allowing easy access to that data as it is all apparently vital to the business?