Lost all Mail.app!!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by djsound, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. djsound macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2006
    I have an imac with osx 10.6.6 and someone just blew a fuse in my house. When I turned computer back on I went to open mail.app and it asks me to set up an account like I dont have any at all. But i had 3 accounts setup in Mail. Have I lost everything? It seems that mac does not have any 'restore' feature like windows does....any ideas?

    edit - a created a temp account to get into Mail and all my mailboxes are still there but the accounts are all gone...I guess I have to redo them?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Check your hard drive for problems and restore from a backup
  3. djsound thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2006
    I dont make my own backups with time machine yet..so I am guessing I dont have backups.
  4. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    Sounds like your plist (preferences) file got corrupted. Messages are actually stored in separate files -- apparently they were not deleted and were not too badly corrupted, so Mail.app can still read them.

    I'd recommend the following:

    1) Duplicate your mailboxes in case anything breaks when you re-create the accounts. Look for the following folders:

    a) ~/Library/Mail/Mailboxes -- mail you've filed
    b) ~/Library/Mail/POP-[login info] -- mail still in your Inbox from each POP account
    c) ~/Library/Mail/IMAP-[login info] -- mail still in your Inbox from each IMAP account

    And copy them to somewhere like your desktop.

    2) Re-set up your accounts in Mail.app's preferences. See if your email magically reappears in your inbox.

    a) If not, you should be able to use the File->Import Mailboxes to re-import the mail from the POP and IMAP folders.

    3) Go to each account's inbox and each local mailbox and run Mailbox->Rebuild, which should repair any corruption your mailboxes may have experienced due to the power outage.
  5. djsound, Jan 14, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011

    djsound thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2006
    I had 4 pop accounts.

    I do see them in ~/Library/Mail/POP-[login info] but they are not in Mail.app They are all missing...gone.

    I just need to find the "account info" then I can reload the contents from that folder. It is a inbox.mbox file...

    I dont care to much about my mailboxes. I do wish however that I could load my 4 accounts from some file because I am bad at setting them up and it will take forever because I do not remember all the info

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