Saving Mail to OS X reinstall

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  1. nilonilo macrumors newbie

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    How do I reinstall OS X and save and restore my mail folders to the new Mail Program?
     
  2. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    burn your mailbox messages/folders to a cd, then drag & drop into the new install :)
     
  3. nilonilo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Where are the folders?

    Excuse my ignorance, but I can't find the folders..?? Where are they?

    While I'm asking you, is it the same with Safari bookmarks?

    Thanks
     
  4. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    it is in your home folder. ~/Library/Mail.

    backup your home folder and you should normally have everything you would need.
     
  5. nilonilo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not in my mail folder

    I go: Library/Mail/
    then my only choice is/AccountTypes/com.mac.mailaccounts
    then these choices
    Japanese.lproj
    English.lproj
    da.lproj
    Italian.lproj
    zh_CN.lproj
    sv.lproj
    German.lproj
    pt.lproj
    mac.com.tiff
    ko.lproj
    Dutch.lproj
    Spanish.lproj
    MailAccounts.plist
    zh_TW.lproj
    no.lproj
    fi.lproj
    French.lproj

    I still can't figure out where the folders are.
     
  6. devman macrumors 65816

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    No, look in ~/Library/Mail as was said. That means the Library folder that is in your home folder.
     
  7. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

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    nilonilo
    You are looking into the root level Library. Go to your Users folder, open your Home folder go to the Library folder in there.
     
  8. nilonilo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No Home Folder

    There is no home folder in my User folder...??
     
  9. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    Your Home folder is the one with the little house in Finder.
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, your home folder *is* your user folder.

    If you restore the entire contents of ~/library/mail to the same location in the new user folder, you will have all of your mail and accounts.
     
  11. nilonilo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Found it

    I found it. Now I can't figure out why I couldn't see it before. Thanks to all for your help.
     
  12. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    It's called D.H.S. a particularly nasty but short-lived affliction affecting most computer users now & then.............

    more commonly referred to as the "Duh-Huh Syndrome"
    But dont worry, it isn't contagious and usually goes away in a few hours or so after taking a short break from the net :p

    ps: the female/blonde strain is called DBS, or Dingy Broad Syndrome. (in case this applies to you)
     
  13. Deputy-Dawg macrumors member

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    While the Mail folder does indeed contain all of the messages that are in the mail box, simply copying that folder into the new User Liberary will not restore the mail box. There is another file that is needed. Assuming that the path to the mail folder is:

    Macintosh HD/Users/MyHome/Library/Mail

    Then, if there are any downloads that are needed to be copied you need to also copy:

    Macintosh HD/Users/MyHome/Library/Mail Downloads

    And you certainly will need to copy:

    Macintosh HD/Users/MyHome/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist

    Of course you could simply copy the entirety of:

    Macintosh HD/Users/MyHome/Library

    to the new user home on the freshly reformated HD, but that would carry with it a lot of the dead wood you were trying to get rid of in the reformating process.

    I just went through the same agony and even the CSR at AppleCare did not know about the .plist file. But it contains all of the user info and the pointers to the message data base and is absolutly necessary for Mail to read the messages.
     

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