Repair Mac mail inbox?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Tumbleweed666, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Near London, UK.
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    I have a problem with my inbox, seems its corrupted in some way. I can see the headers, but no contents, cant delete or move message. All other folders seem OK.
    Its from a POP3 mailbox where the originals are deleted off the server when downloaded so I'd prefer to try and recover it but I can live with losing the contents if necessary. Any ideas? Is there a tool or way to repair? I have Time Machine but I doubt the TM backup will have caught these files between them being downloaded (they came in one batch) and being corrupted as it was only a few minutes. Not sure how I could tell if TM did catch them either.

    Update; Impressive, TM did recover them, now I just need to work out how to empty the inbox of the corrupt messages. Worst case I can create a new email account but I'd rather not as configuring it was troublesome.

    Second Update; Mailbox > rebuild, then move the messages from the TM mail recovered folder back to inbox.

    Leaving this here in case anyone else hits a similar problem. Top marks to TM, my first use 'in anger'.
     
  2. chuanist macrumors newbie

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    May 27, 2009
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    Similar? Losing e-mails

    Every so often I will discover messages received the day before are not in the mail box when I open Mail the following day. Is anyone else experiencing this?
     
  3. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Mail sometimes is quirky. Try closing the window and opening back up or restarting the application.

    This is why you really should use IMAP instead of POP3.
     

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