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Is it safe for Time Machine to backup Entourage while it is open?
Authored by: jhersco on Oct 29, '09 04:31:22PM

I read that it is best to quit Entourage when backing it up to avoid corruption of the database file. (See http://blog.entourage.mvps.org/2009/04/quit_all_microsoft_applications_before_backing_up.html#more). That doesn't appear possible or practical given that Time Machine backups take place every hour. Does anyone know how critical it is to quit Entourage before backing up?



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Is it safe for Time Machine to backup Entourage while it is open?
Authored by: cody121 on Nov 06, '09 11:07:33AM

"safe" is not how i would describe it, but I would say the risk of total failure is very remote.

On my system, Entourage is hard shutoff (crashes, power outages, force quits) probably a dozen times a year or more. Since I have had office 2004, I have only had entourage complain once about problems, which were fixed when i rebuilt the database (by holding the option key down). All and all I would call it's databasing system fairly robust.

in practice, I rarely ever have a NEED to recover from a backup, because I dont have system failure often. In the event that I do need to recover, odds are even if the backup occurred during a database update I will be fine. If I am not fine, I will rebuild the database, and if that doesn't work, there are hundreds of other points in history I can try.

If I were planning to migrate to a new hard drive using time machine, I would absolutely shut down entourage first, then do a backup, then do the migration. The rest of the time, I feel that the risk of catastrophic failure doesn't even exist next to the possibility that I can have incremental backups of my 4GB mail archive.



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