Lost emails

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by penaloj, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. penaloj macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2011
    While trying to back up emails I seem to have lost them. Following the HELP page in Mail (Mac OS X program) I moved the MAIL folder from LIBRARY to the desktop. I failed to press OPTION while I was doing this, as the HELP page advised. So now, in Mail the identifiers of the messages are there, but the messages aren't and an error message appears saying that the emails have not been downloaded from the server, that I need to be online, etc. I am on line, have done "get mail", all of the obvious things.

    I've tried to locate the original MAIL folder with Spotlight.

    The server is at verizon.net

    The MAIL folder has reappeared in LIBRARY, but it is empty.

    I'd be very grateful for any help or re-direction.
  2. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Do you use Time Machine? I've recovered lost email with that.
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    So if I read correctly, your Mail folder should be sitting on your desktop, because that's where you dragged it. All you have to do is drag it back (replacing the new blank one that's been created). If you don't still have that for some reason, then yes, a backup is the only place you'll be able to go.


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