Mailboxes Lost in Space!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by RatHat, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. RatHat macrumors member

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    I upgraded to Lion some time ago, and had previously kept all my internet programs in a dedicated folder while I ran Snow Leopard.

    When I installed Lion, it installed an updated version of Mail in the applications folder, though when I ran it it did not find my mailboxes.

    I ran it again several days ago, and it showed all my mailboxes without problem, so I then deleted the older version of mail that I used in Snow Leopard.

    Problem is, when I open Mail now, none of my older messages are there. I have Time Machine running on a 1TB external disk, but cannot find where the mailboxes are hidden.

    Can anyone help me to recover my old messages and settings?
     
  2. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

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    The mailboxes are in ~/Library/Mail but since you're running OS X Lion this folder will be hidden. So open up Time Machine, press Shift-Command-G, and type in ~/Library then you can restore the Mail folder. Probably.
     
  3. RatHat thread starter macrumors member

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    Puevlo, many thanks for that, I will try it as soon as I get home from work!

    Will post here if it is successful, or if I find that I cannot do the restore.

    Thanks again!
     
  4. RatHat thread starter macrumors member

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    That worked perfectly, so my thanks go to Puevlo! :)

    The way that I managed to get my old mail back was as follows:

    1. Created a folder on my desktop named Old Mail
    2. Followed Puevlo's advice to find the old mailboxes from the date I lost them
    3. Restored them to the Old Mail folder I just created on my desktop
    4. Used Finder >> Go and held the Option Key to reveal the ~/Library on my Mac
    5. Copied all the files from the ~/Library/Mail/V2 folder to another Backup folder on my desktop
    6. Deleted the files from the Library
    7. Copied in the files from my Old Mail folder into the ~/Library/Mail/V2 folder
    8. Restarted Mail and allowed it to import the mailboxes

    It may have been a bit convoluted, but it worked perfectly. I hope the above steps will help someone else who finds themselves in the same predicament.
     

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