Copying emails from one Mac to another

Discussion in 'macOS' started by CyrusOz, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. CyrusOz macrumors regular

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    I have followed a few tutorials on how to copy the mail folders within my library to put onto my second mac and although my email accounts were set up correctly with that process none of my old emails went from the old mac to the new one... is it possible just to drag all of the emails out and onto a HD and then drag them from that HD onto my second mac.. will that work? I can't afford to lose my old emails.

    Thanks for your help guys.
     
  2. stapoz macrumors member

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    Select your mailboxes you want to transfer, go to Mail/Mailbox/Export mailbox and save to pendrive or iCloud volume or any storage. At your new Mac go Mail/File/Import mailboxes. Done
     
  3. CyrusOz thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I did that but as i said in my OP, none of the old emails went with.. just the account settings. The emails work now but the old messages and attachments have not imported
     
  4. stapoz macrumors member

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    hmm, maybe the export format of both Mail apps don't match. If you are very determined, you could try to directly copy Mail container folders from old Mac to the new one. The Mail folder is ~/Library/Mail/V2, of course, making a copy of original first. You should get to know which sub-folder contains which mailbox first.
     
  5. CyrusOz thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks mate, that worked.
     
  6. Matte2 macrumors newbie

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    My Mail program doesn't have the Export Mailbox option. Would going to Mailbox and then Archive Mailbox work? Would it place all my messages in a folder to where I could then download them to a USB flash drive?
     
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