mail (and spotlight) won't search messages from an imported mailbox!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by motulist, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    I recently did a total erase and install of my hard drive. I then imported my mailboxes from a backup and everything worked perfectly, I can view all my old mails and my new mails continue to go into that in box as I want them to. However, both mail's search function and OS X's spotlight only search the new mails I've received since the revamp. When I do a search for the word "the" it only shows me result back to 2 months ago when I did the revamp.

    How do I force and/or spotlight to reindex my inbox?
  2. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    Try using Mainmenu.

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  3. motulist thread starter macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    I just used Onyx to make it rebuild the spotlight index, but it still won't search the old emails! This is a huge problem! I depend on being able to search my old emails for important information!

    When spotlight was reindexing also wasn't able to do searches, so at least I that tells us that both spotlight and mail's search are definitely using the same search index.


    I really need to be able to search my old emails!

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