Outlook for Mac is an advanced E-mail client for Mac OS X operating system. It is part of Microsoft Office for Mac application suite and is replacement of Entourage in Office for Mac 2011. Unlike Entourage, it has a totally different data storage mechanism, which is safe and reliable. However, there are some factors that can cause corruption to the data files and put you in need of Mac Outlook recovery solutions.
In order to deal with the most common issues with Microsoft Outlook for Mac, you can use the Rebuild feature of Database Utility. It is an inbuilt tool, which fixes the most frequent problems with Outlook and let you access the files to backup or export. However, Database Utility cannot handle the severe corruption problems and you need to use other OLM repair methods to get the data back.
You can fix the corruption problem with MS Outlook for Mac, if the Database Utility’s rebuild process fails:
- Create a new Outlook Identity and then close all Office for Mac applications. The best way to do it to restart your Mac.
- Locate the Identity folder and Data Records in the Finder.
- Copy all the mails, messages, attachments, contacts, notes, tasks, and other data from Data Records folder of old identity to the data records folder of new identity.
- Open Outlook and rebuild the database.
This procedure helps in most of the corruption scenarios, where you cannot fix the corruption problem because of faulty Identity. Creating a new Identity ensures the successful completion of Rebuild process and makes you significant data accessible again.
Note- The Data Records folder in the Outlook contains all the emails, notes, tasks, contacts, attachments, message sources, signatures, and other data. Outlook does not store the items in Database, like its predecessor Microsoft Entourage for Mac.