clean installed lion now missing mail messages

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Davidsilence, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. Davidsilence, Sep 2, 2011
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    Davidsilence macrumors member

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    #1
    So i did a clean install of lion on my Macbookpro which seems to have sorted out slow down.
    I migrated my last time machine backup, mail re-imported my messages but when i go to one of my accounts there are only today and yesterdays messages is there any way of reimporting older messages off my backup
    thanks
     
  2. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    Did you restore the mail preferences file (I think it is com.apple.mail) from ~/Library/Preferences in time machine backup?
     
  3. Davidsilence thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks

    not yet yet. Do i just replace old tm prefs over new preference file?
     
  4. NorthDakota91 macrumors member

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    I re-installed Lion last week. To restore Mail.app messages I just copied the content of ~/Library/Mail folder from TM to my HD. On the next launch, Mail asked me for the passwords of my mailboxes and my messages/RSS feeds were where they used to be
     
  5. Davidsilence thread starter macrumors member

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    restring mail

    problem is my Library folder is invisible on my TM backup I just made it visible in terminal but it doesn't reveal it on my bkup. any ideas? thanks
     
  6. NorthDakota91 macrumors member

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    If I'm not wrong, asking Finder to show hidden files&folders should also force TM to show them. Try to use the following command in Terminal.app:
    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    and then
    Code:
    killall Finder
    I can't try it right now because I'm not at home but it should work.

    When you are done, just re-issue the same commands but change "TRUE" with "FALSE"

    Let me know if it did the trick ;)

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    Just tried on another Mac - I can confirm that it works, hope that helped ;)
     
  7. hayesk macrumors 65816

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    Rebuild the indexes in Mail. This fixed it for a coworker yesterday.
     
  8. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    On the menubar click on Go while holding down the option keyboard key, select Library. Click on Enter Time Machine from the time machine icon on the menubar. Simply go through the time machine backup and do the restore of the approprate file(s).
     
  9. Davidsilence thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks

    Taz i tried doing that, it began to restore the mail box but then said i didn't have permission. thanks again
     
  10. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    Try NothDakota91 suggestion and then manually drag the mail preference file from the time machine bcakup.
     

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