Deleted mail - not deleted

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Farley, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. Farley macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Using spotlight I "accidentally" found emails that had long ago been deleted. I cannot find them using "finder" so that I may delete all of them. Nor does the email show where it resides.

    How is this possible? How can I find out where all these "deleted" messages are living on my hard drive? Thanks.
  2. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    You will probably find them somewhere in ~/Library/Mail, the Deleted Messages mailbox in the Mailboxes folder there would be a good place to look.

    Also, you can search for these in Finder as well. It will show you the location as well.
  3. Farley thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Deleted mail - not deleted

    Thanks for your response and help. Did find quite a number of messages in two places which had to be looked at and then trashed. Would you or anyone know why this happens, i.e., messages that were deleted winding up somewhere else and not deleted. Thanks again.

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