Panther to Leopard Lost Email

Discussion in 'macOS' started by FakeWozniak, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. FakeWozniak macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    I have a ignorant friend that just upgraded from Panther (10.3) to Leopard (10.5) via the upgrade method and did not backup before hand. His issue is that the Mail conversion didn't complain, but all mailboxes contents were missing.

    The Inbox folder in Mail was empty and Drafts was completely missing, as well as some other system generated folders (AFAIK). Other user created folders were in Mail on the left, but were empty. We were able to import the Foo.mbox folders into Mail, so we got the user created folders contents back, but that doesn't help for drafts or few hundred emails in the inbox.

    Apparently in Panther, the mailbox was in a directory with a name something like ~/Library/Mail/, and now in Leopard, it is somewhere else.

    Anyone have thoughts on this one. I looked for the old directory, but could not find it. What happens with the directories when the Leopard upgrade works on it? Is it left around but in /tmp or something?

    Any help would be highly appreciated and successful recovery might result in a reward of the kindest of words! :)
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    did you do an upgrade? if so the POP email folder should still be in ~/Library/Mail.

    if you did an archive and install it might be in /Previous System/Users/ignorant friend/Library/Mail.
  3. ZenAmateur macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2008
    Fix this mess

    I figured out the easiest way to solve this issue, go ahead and dump the, and when you restart Mail it will ask to set up a new account. Set up the account you want to use with Mail (manually enter the data). When you are finished you will be able to use the "File > Import Mailboxes..." command to import the mailboxes separately (Inbox, Sent, Drafts). The old mail is in the Users/ignorant friend/Library/Mail/mail accounts.

    Each imported mailbox gets stuck in its own folder under "On My Mac". Click on the folder containing the imported mail to view the contents and then select all of them. Click and drag the messages to the correct folder in your Mail account, and then use the "Mailboxes > Delete Mailbox..." command to get rid of the empty imported mailbox.

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