Lost all data in Entourage 2008? The database file may be corrupted...

Published: 19th August 2010
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MS Entourage is an email application from Microsoft, which is specifically created and marketed for the Macintosh users. It supports various features such as emails, contacts, calendar items, tasks, notes, project manager, etc. All such information is stored in an RGE database file, which can, at times, get corrupt due to various external factors. These could be improper or unplanned system shutdown, virus infections, bugs in the current version, etc. There are several methods that you can perform to fix the problem. If none of the methods work, then you should try a professional entourage database recovery software to do the needful for you.

Consider a scenario wherein you have MS Entourage 2008 for Mac installed on your Macintosh 10.4.x Tiger system. When you start Entourage, you find that all the data is missing from all the folders.


The most possible cause of this unpleasant situation is that the location of the MS User Data folder is changed from its original location. However, please note that this problem may not be resolved if one or all of the following conditions are true:
You have deleted the MS User Data folder from the Trash.
You have not maintained a backup of the database.
Another cause for such situation is that the database (RGE) file is corrupt.


To resolve such situations, you should try to restore the MS User Data folder to its original location. To do this, you should perform the following steps:

Click File | Find.
In the Search window, click Any | Others.
Enter 'Database' in the Others text box.
Under Kind, select Last Opened | Other. A window will be displayed.
Click Visibility in the list and click OK.
Maximize the Visibility windows and scroll down to see the search results for Database.

Copy the identity folders, which contain the database, to the desktop.
Identify the original identity folder for the Entourage database.
After recognizing the correct identity, rename the database file in the following locations:

HD/Users - Home- Documents-Microsoft User Data-Office 2008 Identities
Open the Microsoft User Data Office 2008 Identities folder on the desktop and move the database file at the following location:
HD-Users Home- Documents- Microsoft User- Data-Office 2008 Identities/Main Identity
Start Entourage. You would find that all the data has been recovered.

However, if the problem is not fixed even after performing these steps then you should use a third-party entourage data recovery software to address this situation. These Entourage Recovery tools have rich user interface and use highly advanced scanning algorithms that ensure easy, safe, and secure recovery.

Stellar Phoenix Entourage Repair is an efficient and robust entourage data recovery software that restores data from corrupted Entourage database files. Designed for MS Entourage 2004 and 2008, this utility restores various objects such as emails, notes, tasks, contacts, and calendar items. In addition, this entourage recovery tool is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard, and 10.4 Tiger.

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