Accidently Deleted Mail w/ Time Machine

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fishniw, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. fishniw macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2008
    Either I accidently deleted an email in my apple mail inbox or my computer deleted it (because it was in my inbox for several months) but now I can no longer find this important email. Though, I do have time machine running always, so I was wondering if the email had been saved to anywhere on the hard drive where time machine may still have it.

  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Are you using MobileMe, IMAP, or POP? Only POP will have downloaded your mail for sure and it will be in Time Machine. The other two are less likely, but still possible. You never know until you look.
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    While in mail, click the time machine icon in the dock. Then you can go back in time in your inbox to find the deleted mail.
  4. fishniw thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2008
    thanks, that was real easy. I'm really glad time machine was invented
  5. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    Just as an aside, even though no one was asking, that trick also works for photos you might have deleted in iPhoto. Just invoke Time Machine with iPhoto in focus and you can travel back to retrieve photos. :cool:

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