Mail accounts.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Microwe, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Microwe macrumors newbie

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    I have just had a very frustrating time transferring folders/files from one Mac to another. I replaced the old Mail folder in User>Library>Mail with the new imported one. Mail had not been set up before on this Mac.

    Every time I opened Mail I was prompted to create an account. I created one and when Mail opened I had all the Mailboxes transferred but no accounts/messages. The transfer was successful from one Mac to the other as I can see the Accounts/messages in the new Mail folder.

    Can someone please put me out of my misery and tell me where I am going wrong. I just need to see the Accounts+messages that I transferred. I am confused because why are the old mailboxes there but not the Accounts?

    Michael.
     
  2. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

    SaSaSushi

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    Just copying over the ~/Library/Mail folder is not going to do it. Also make sure you copy over ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist file as well before you start Mail.app. That is the file that contains all of the account info.
     
  3. Nikh macrumors regular

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    You'd better use Carbon Copy Cloner or similar software to copy the whole Mac OS installation from one Mac to another. That will save you a lot of time :)
     
  4. GordysGadgets macrumors newbie

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    Cloning a good idea?

    I have a new MBP pending and I'm being proactive and reading boards to find the best solution for getting the data over. In the past I have used migration assistant but, my MBP has become a beachball too often and with a new machine I am leaning way back to years on Windows and believe a clean break is the answer.
    Is Cloning really smart? Or is starting fresh the way to go? I know it's the which came first question asked over and over, but in reading this thread it seems cloning is the best solution. I can do either way. Which is the best way to make the new machine shine perform it's best?
    Thanks
     

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