Outlook rebuild results in folders named Recovered

This article is going to focus on the issue where your folders have the generic name “Recovered Folder” after rebuilding. This is a new procedure, it’s too soon to know if this will work for everyone. It’s also possible this option will work for other unsuccessful rebuild issues as well. Please leave a comment to let us know if it works for you. (See addendum at end for other options it will recover. Check back . . .

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How to recover your data when rebuilding, restoring and upgrading fails

When rebuilding, restoring and upgrading fails, you can recover your data. Outlook stores your data in the Data Records folder in your Identity folder.

~/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2011 Identities/Main Identity/Data Records

If you restore your Identity from Time Machine or another backup and it fails to rebuild, or you upgraded to Service Pack 2 (SP2) 14.2.1 and you have missing data you can restore your data from your old Identity. ALWAYS WORK OFF A COPY . . .

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Restore single item from backup

Suppose you lost all your contacts in a sync. You deleted a note but now find you need that note. If you have backups, how do you get that info into your current Identity and keep all your current data?

Entourage stores everything in the database file so it’s not a simple one step process to recover an individual item. If you need to restore a single item from a backup, follow these steps:

You’ll . . .

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