Recently, whenever I open Outlook, it tells me that my the database needs to be rebuilt. I attempted to and received an error the first time. I deleted the database file located in Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2011 Identities/ and attempted to run the rebuild again, and it failed with an error code -47.

I restarted the computer and still no luck. Any ideas of how I can rebuild the database and not lose my identity?


  • Why did you delete the database ? – Ruskes May 9 '13 at 19:48
  • @Buscar웃 because it was corrupted, so deleting the database file saves a step for Microsoft Database Utility to create a new database file. – zoops May 9 '13 at 20:55
  • Interesting action !? – Ruskes May 9 '13 at 22:24
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    How can you rebuild something that is not longer there. Are you trying to make new identity? – Ruskes May 9 '13 at 22:32
  • @Buscar웃 The database file is not the bread and butter, so if it's not there the utility creates a new one based on the identity, but if you don't understand how Outlook database files are created, I suggest you do some research. I'm not trying to make a new identity, I want to save the content in the existing identity. – zoops May 14 '13 at 14:00

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