backup/restore mailboxes in Mail.app

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  1. louis_sx macrumors regular

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    The thought has never occurred to me - I really should back up my email. My ISP keeps the last three months of messages on the server, but older stuff - if I install OS X, I'll lose it. Is there a handy-dandy utility that will do this? Where are the files kept? I'm learning AppleScript out of boredom and could probably throw together a script to back it up, but I'd need to know what the files were. TIA
     
  2. alex_ant macrumors 68020

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    If you are using Mail.app, all your mail is in <your home folder>/Library/Mail. If you are using something else, it's basically just a matter of finding the folder in which that mail program stores the mail and copying that folder to a backup device.
     
  3. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    ~\Library\Mail\Mailboxes

    They're usually rather large files, but they are easy to copy/replace. Over the past year, I have had to do this 5 times. I've never lost any old mail.

    Hope it works for you!
     
  4. louis_sx thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. osiris315 macrumors member

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    Or you could find an ISP that provides IMAP accounts.

    I know a few in the UK who provide them for small businesses (so they dont have to fork out for MS Exchange servers). Just an idea.
     
  6. scabro macrumors newbie

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    Mail backup

    Hi guys,

    Here's the link to the page on the Apple's site which explains how to back up your Mail preferences and messages : http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2980
     

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