Migrating Mail to a clean SSD install

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dmpizzle, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. dmpizzle macrumors newbie

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    I have a giant Mail library stored on my original Snow Leopard install on my hard drive. On the same computer, I now have a clean Snow Leopard install on my SSD. I want to still have access to the 40GB or so of Mail that I have, and still have it be searchable. What's the best way to migrate Mail from my old disk to the new SSD?
     
  2. fretdevil macrumors member

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    Archive your mail...

    From your other drive, archive your mail folder(s).
    To archive mail, select one or more mailboxes in the sidebar and
    choose Mailbox > Archive Mailbox. Navigate to the location where you
    want the .mbox files to be stored and click Choose.
    If you later want to import one or more archived mailboxes into Mail,
    choose File > Import Mailboxes, select Files in Mbox Format, and click
    Continue. Navigate to the folder containing the .mbox file(s) you want
    to import, select it, and click Choose.
     
  3. dmpizzle thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Will this still allow full search and maintain my smart mailboxes?
     
  4. fretdevil, Apr 4, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2011

    fretdevil macrumors member

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    Migrating Mail to a clean SSD install...

    Yes, once they are imported to your current install.
    Don't take my word for it.
    Perform a test on one of your smaller Boxes. It is a better learning experience if you understand what actions are taking place.
     

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