No Mail folder in Time Machine backup

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  1. Billy13190 macrumors newbie

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    Hello

    I recently had to wipe my Macintosh HD. I'm in the process of reinstalling from scratch. I used Time Machine to backup my HD, but I can't find the Mail folder in Library, Users or anywhere else. Is it hidden in some way?

    TIA for any help

    2013 Macbook Air 13"
    Mavericks 10.9.4
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    That's the only place where it exists.

    Do you use POP or IMAP? If the latter, your emails should still be on the server (provided you didn't set up any local folders).
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    From my past experience using Time Machine to restore my computer, the mail is almost never backed up. After setting up the computer, the app will redownload everything from my mail server.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    Click the Desktop then hit shift-command-g (all three keys at once) and paste in this path then enter. That will open the Folder in a Finder window.

    Code:
    ~/Library/Mail/V2
    Option key drag the entire contents of this folder to the Desktop as backup in case this goes badly you can put the contents back.

    Now go to the Time Machine icon in the menu bar and Enter Time Machine then scroll back in time to where you want to restore and you see your mail data. Select all the folder and click restore.

    I just checked and my mail data is there going back in Time Machine backups.
     
  5. Billy13190 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Problem solved

    Thanks for your answers.

    @ Weaselboy With the help of AppleCare I followed a procedure similar to yours and got everything back. Seems a bit of a complicated procedure but it works.

    Bye
     

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