Mail help please!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ludrup, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. ludrup macrumors newbie

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    Hi all, just had my macbook pro shut down on me after a session with my 3 dongle (that's a whole other story). However, when I re-booted everything worked as before except mail which asked me to set up my accounts again from scratch:eek:

    HAs anyone had this happen to them? What should I do? How can I reclaim all my mails without having to set it all up again or going back to time machine.

    Thanks
     
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    Somehow your com.apple.mail.plist was damaged or rendered unreadable. Short of recreating one by setting up the account(s) again, the only thing to do is restore it via Time Machine from ~/Library/Preferences.
     
  3. ludrup thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for this. If I do that does it mean that mail will set up from scratch and I lose everything? Anthing I can do through time machine?
     
  4. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    It depends on if you have your email accounts set up as POP or IMAP. IMAP you can delete and recreate to infinity without losing anything. POP, however is a whole different beast. If your email account is configured as POP, it has been downloading the received messages to your ~/Library/Mail folder. Recreating the Mail settings for POP accounts, without backing up the contents of that folder first, is not advisable.
     
  5. Jackyl macrumors newbie

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    set up the account again. It's not that big of a deal and you should get your mail.
     

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