Retrieve apple mail 3 data from hard drive

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  1. Deadandgone? macrumors member

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    My G5 iMac that I had since 2004 finally died earlier this year. It has now been replaced by an early Intel model (A1207) running 10.6.8 which is working nicely, thank you. I have retrieved files and data from an old back-up, but I cannot open apple mail 3 which I was using with my G5. Is there a way I can retrieve apple mail 3 from the hard drive and open it/view/transfer the data. I have access to a Windows 7 laptop if there is any interface/software that I could run.

    Thanks, people.
     
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    Migration Assistant works for some users and not others, I know when I moved from Tiger to Snow Leopard it was easier to switch to Thunderbird instead.

    Thunderbird for PPC/Intel can import the mailbox, a how-to URL: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Import_from_Mail.app
    Keep in mind importing the mailbox will likely "break" any cached non-attachment images.
     
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    Mail v3 was Leopard IIRC, so migration assistant should be OK with a single version increment.
     
  5. Deadandgone? thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried migration assistant to get the stuff from my SmartDisk - admittedly the backup was quite old - but I cannot find my photos, mail 3 data and about 75% of my documents is just not there.
     
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    Should have been, but I my mailboxes are just not there.
    Thanks. I will try the 'how-to', but I am increasingly pessimistic.
     
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    SmartDisk?

    The actual mail data is stored in : youruser/Library/Mail/V2/
     
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    Well it's been a couple of months since I bought the early Intel iMac to replace my dead G5. I have 'found' all the stuff that was missing in the sparseimage file - who knew? - and am gradually getting my online life back. The next step is to upgrade the RAM to 3GB and I found a good deal for some OWC modules at a much better price than MacUpgrades.

    Now if only I could rebuild my iTunes library. Over to another forum, I think.
     

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