Recover pop mailbox / emails / accounts from hd

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  1. Monotome, Apr 1, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2015

    Monotome macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2015

    My mac wont boot anymore.
    I recovered the hd ( it works slow and does not read all my files but most files are ok ) and i was wondering how ro recover my mailbox/ accounts/emails.
    I had a pop3 mailbox, configured in mail
    I allready searched on the web but for example in libraries,mail of libraries, thunderbird i cant find anything.

    I have no time machine backup, put a new hd in my mac and installed os x again.

    Can someone help me with this?

    Thank you
  2. Evren Carven macrumors regular

    Evren Carven

    Dec 16, 2014
    Do you mean you have recovered all files from the old hd?
    You can find these files in the path:
    1.<home folder>/Library/Preferences/
    2.All files and folders in the <home folder>/Applications/

    Please copy these files and folders to the corresponding path for your new hd.

    After this, you may get your mail account back. Please do it for your own risk.

    By the way, what's the way you recovered the hd.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I'm using 10.8.5 -- things may be different in either Mavericks or Yosemite.

    It would help if you told us
    - which version of the OS you're using
    - which application you had been using for mail (Thunderbird?)

    If you have the old drive accessible, try to copy your entire home folder to a "known good", working drive. It could be a hard drive, USB flashdrive, etc. The idea is to get the files off a drive which may be failing onto another drive which is good.

    I see you have a new drive in the Mac -- where is the old one?
    Can you connect it to the Mac?

    If so, create a folder on the Mac (could be right on the desktop) and give it a "working name", such as "old home folder files", etc.

    Now, locate your home folder on the OLD drive, and "drag and drop it" into the "old home folder files" folder on the NEW drive.

    This should copy your files onto the new drive.

    If you can get this far, get back here, and we'll proceed further.

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