pls help how to move Mail to new MacBook Air via thunderbolt

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  1. ValeVale macrumors newbie

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    My iMac HD failed. I have been able to back up most of my stuff onto an external hard drive starting up with my Macbook Air in target mode, but I cannot find a way to rescue all my old emails

    Pls help as I must bring the iMac to get a new HD

    Thanx
    Vale
     
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Your mails are stored there :

    Macintosh HD / Users / yourusername / Library / Mail

    Or : ~/ Library / Mail

    Backup that "Mail" folder.

    If you are running Lion or Mountain Lion, that ~/Library is hidden by default.

    What system is running the iMac ?
     
  3. ValeVale thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I cannot find/see the library :(

    on the laptop is the latest
    on the iMac I cannot be sure... 10.6 plus all the updates (I believe montain lion but I could not ever get my head around the Mac names) :eek:
     
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    If the iMac was running Snow Leopard you would see/find the Library.

    So I assume its running Lion or Mountain Lion, hence the hidden Library.

    The ~/Library can be unhidden.

    Launch the Terminal (Applications / Utilities), and run (copy/paste the command):

    chflags nohidden /Volumes/"Macintosh HD"/Users/yourusername/Library/

    Use the actual name of the iMac disk (if not Macintosh HD), and replace yourusername to your actual user name on the iMac.

    For instance :

    chflags nohidden /Volumes/"iMac HD"/Users/valevale/Library/

    You can also let me know the actual disk's name and the actual user name and I will let you know the appropriate command.
     
  5. ValeVale thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok I am trying right away
    pls dont goooo stay there back in a minute

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    actually
    am I supposed to lunch the terminal from my startup system (laptop) arent I?
     
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  8. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Are you looking at the right Library ?

    Macintosh HD / Library is no the user Library and does not have a Mail folder.

    Look at :

    Macintosh HD / Users / yourusername / Library / Mail.

    You do have a Mail Folder if you were using Mail.app on the iMac.
     
  9. ValeVale thread starter macrumors newbie

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    following the path I get these folders

    desktop
    dowloads
    documents
    applications
    pictures
    movies
    dropbox
    music
    sites
    public
     
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    The user Library is not visible yet.

    Please let me now the actual disk name and user name.
     
  11. ValeVale thread starter macrumors newbie

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    how do is end you a private message?
    my user name and hd name is my real name :eek:
     
  12. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Ok you can MP, no problem but hurry up as I must leave in 20mn. ;)
     
  13. ValeVale thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i cannot see how to PM you
    maybe because I just registered?
    no 10 msg yet?

    anyhow
    HD is called giangia
    and user is annagori
     
  14. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Copy paste this in the Terminal :

    chflags nohidden /Volumes/HD/Users/you/Library/

    First write HD the same way as it shows in the Finder, then copy paste the command, this will unveil the Library.

    EDit : modified the command, please check.

    Edit 2 : I have MPed the right command.
     
  15. d0nK macrumors 6502

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    The easy way:

    In Finder, click on the 'Go' menu at the top of the screen, then press down your alt/option key. Now click on 'Library'.
    There is your Mail folder.

    ur welcome.
     
  16. inscrewtable macrumors 65816

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    Once you have your home Library folder open you can drag the icon in the title bar to your sidebar, for permanent access.
     
  17. ValeVale thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yep that works but it shows me Mail on the Laptop
    the HD for the iMac (which is used as an external hd really, its no there...)

    maybe the string you gave me only works with the start up system but I cannot start up from giangia (defunct hd)
     
  18. Bruno09, Oct 30, 2013
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    This does not work for an external hard drive.

    His iMac in target mode is an external hard drive.
     
  19. ValeVale thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yep that the case, sorry I thought it was clear

    the iMac will not start up

    its connected via thunderbolt

    so no chance to find the hidden library / hard copy of mails? :confused::eek:
     
  20. d0nK macrumors 6502

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    Ah k.
    Yeah.. do what Bruno sez.
     
  21. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    The string does work for an external hard drive.

    But if the hard drive is dead, it's to late.

    Just to be sure : do the iMac hard drive and the laptop hard drive have the same name ?

    Do you actually see the iMac hard drive in the Finder ??

    (sorry I must leave, good luck).
     
  22. ValeVale thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I can see the iMac HD on the desktop, I have been able to copy little by little, manually most of important stuff

    They have different names

    i ll cancel the genius appointment for today, maybe there is still some hope?!?

    thank you so much for your time

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    thank will do that for future ref
     

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