The Entourage database size is an issue I'm all too familiar with, supporting an office full of Macs using this e-mail program. The backup file swells in no time, requiring constant monitoring and replacement. One of the client users recently "cleaned house" and was all atwitter she had reduced her saved e-mails to 8,000. Eight thousand messages she felt required saving!!! Needless to say, that particular user's Entourage database ranges between 6 and 10 gig! I've gone so far as to threaten excluding her Entourage database, if she doesn't trim it back to 2 or 3 gig. But the owner of the company isn't too thrilled about that prospect, understandably. Because Retrospect is being utilized, I've carried out rigorous investigations into a fix for this issue, finding no solid answer.<br><br>- alec -
Does iPhoto use a single conventional file now, or a package?<br><br>If a package, then maybe Time Machine needs only a software upgrade to handle package contents more precisely.<br><br>I'm worried about my 17GB UT2004 app package. I don't want to be re-backing that up each time I add a map!<br><br>If Time Machine lets you exclude directories, then manual drag would be my workaround for certain large packages for now. (iTunes already automatically backs up full-res photos to my iPod.) Plus I don't want Time Machine backing up multi-GB EyeTV recordings, which I casually watch and delete regularly.<br><br>nagr[color:red]o</font color=red>mme<br><br>I require stroyent!<br>TeamMacOSX.com | MacClan.net
Alec, I've also run into this Entourage problem, trying to get people who don't want to delete messages to trim down their database. This program works for me. You can save messages and still have access to them, while getting that database down to a manageable size. And it has lots of saving options. Plus, it saves messages and attachments separately, instead of one monolithic database. Yeah, you have to then back up the saved messages but that can just be part of routine backups and it will do it incrementally.<br><br>
<br>I had some very small experiences with TM, like going back to re-save an eMail I had dumped by mistake, but fortunately, nothing serious.<br><br>My 1TB drive has 3 partitions: 100GB as clone of my MBP, 250GB for media I don't use too often, and 650 for TM. <br>I guess, theoretically, I wouldn't really need a full CC copy anymore, but merely a system to boot up with, but I know what CC does and I simply don't 100% trust TM yet. <br><br>Has anyone done a rebuild yet?<br><br><br><br><br><br>
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Entourage, that's one I trying to think of that causes problems too, thanks.<br><br>The backup process will take longer, and if you have Entourage running all day long checking mail, every time you receive an email it will recopy the data base the next hour.<br><br>That is a good reason to use something like Time Machine Scheduler that Zach recommended, to do backups only every 12 hours or once a day instead of every hour.<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
With the Entourage email archiver how easy is it to access old emails, can it be done through Entourage?<br><br>I'm too lazy to read the directions. <br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
I'm going to keep an occasional bootable clone too, along with TM backups. In case of a disaster I need to be able to boot to a usable system right away to write Invoices, order parts etc, can't afford to be down.<br><br>But to be able to restore is a nice feature that, like Luc said, I hope I never really need.<br><br>I'm going to try a restore booting from a DVD sometime soon just to see how it works, I'll report back of course. <br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
i use EEA and have for many years. i think it's a great archiving solution . . . so much so that even when i don't use Entourage, i'll start Entourage up at the end of each semester and load all of my email (IMAP) and then use EEA to back it up.<br><br>you can back it up in various ways, but i choose to back a whole semester of email (thousands of emails) into one large text file. you can also have it send each email to a single file and then keep all files from the same day in the same folder. each day has a folder; each month has a folder; and each year does as well. the attachments will be in an enclosed folder where the email containing the attachment is stored. it's customizable. but i put it all in one file and then open it with BBEdit (or likely TextMate now that i've switched). i don't think you can open them again in Entourage. but you can export to FMP if that would be of benefit for finding and reading -- i haven't tried that option.<br><br>
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