import/transfer queries

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lxndr, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. lxndr macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2007
    My MacBook was running slow as a result of having done a direct migration from my PowerBook, which apparently fills the MacBook with data that impedes ideal functioning. My local Apple Store told to me reinstall Leopard and all my apps etc. rather than migrate. I did a clean install and updated all software. In so doing I chose the option to migrate my apps, user info and files from Time Machine, as opposed to a full back-up from Time machine or another Mac. I now find all my Safari and Mail info in a separate user folder and all it's sub-folders are locked. I unlocked a few folders but found that, though the mailboxes appeared in Mail, none of my saved messages are in them.

    Is there a way (aside from Mobile Me) for me to get Mail to work with my previous settings, mail accounts, etc., and also to get my autofill data into Safari? I got all my bookmarks and contacts from my iPod.

    I can't seem to find any refernce to the same problem on any forums.

  2. lxndr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2007
    autifill solved

    I managed to restore autofill info by taking the login.keychain item from the Keychain folder in the home library on my Time Machine disk and putting it in the same folder on the MacBook.

    I still would like to figure how to get saved email messages from the system backed up on Time Machine to appear in their mailboxes on the MacBook.

    This hastle would have been saved if I'd paid to use Mobile Me to back up before doing a clean install, but I have lately been developing an antipathy to Apple (no FW on the new 13" MacBook!) and didn't want to give them my money for something that used to be free (i.e. synching between Macs).

    Thanks in advance for any help on the Mail issue.
  3. lxndr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2007
    problem solved

    The solution was to transfer mail messages and mail boxes with 'import mailboxes', which is found in Mail's 'file' menu. There is a chance that all folders may be locked, in which case simply use 'get info' for the mail or mailboxes folder, allow read and write and select 'apply to enclosed items.' After that simply follow the 'import mailboxes' instructions in Mail.

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