Backing up local mail (Apple Mail)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Tumbleweed666, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    As well as Time Machine, I use a remote backup service, what folder(s) should I back up so that I could recover my POP3 email if need be?
     
  2. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    All your mail should be located in the "~/Library/Mail" folder (where ~/ is the path to your home folder). I would also grab the file "~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist" as that contains all your various preferences.
     
  3. Tumbleweed666 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks
     
  4. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

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    Yes. that's all you need.

    FYI, if you had that backed up, you could create a user on any mac, anywhere, and put those files where they belong, launch mail, and have all your stuff.

    I dont' know why you'd NEED to do that with the way gMail and other email services support IMAP, but the option exists.
     

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