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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nilonilo, Dec 18, 2006.
How do I reinstall OS X and save and restore my mail folders to the new Mail Program?
burn your mailbox messages/folders to a cd, then drag & drop into the new install
Where are the folders?
Excuse my ignorance, but I can't find the folders..?? Where are they?
While I'm asking you, is it the same with Safari bookmarks?
it is in your home folder. ~/Library/Mail.
backup your home folder and you should normally have everything you would need.
Not in my mail folder
I go: Library/Mail/
then my only choice is/AccountTypes/com.mac.mailaccounts
then these choices
I still can't figure out where the folders are.
No, look in ~/Library/Mail as was said. That means the Library folder that is in your home folder.
You are looking into the root level Library. Go to your Users folder, open your Home folder go to the Library folder in there.
No Home Folder
There is no home folder in my User folder...??
Your Home folder is the one with the little house in Finder.
Yes, your home folder *is* your user folder.
If you restore the entire contents of ~/library/mail to the same location in the new user folder, you will have all of your mail and accounts.
I found it. Now I can't figure out why I couldn't see it before. Thanks to all for your help.
It's called D.H.S. a particularly nasty but short-lived affliction affecting most computer users now & then.............
more commonly referred to as the "Duh-Huh Syndrome"
But dont worry, it isn't contagious and usually goes away in a few hours or so after taking a short break from the net
ps: the female/blonde strain is called DBS, or Dingy Broad Syndrome. (in case this applies to you)
While the Mail folder does indeed contain all of the messages that are in the mail box, simply copying that folder into the new User Liberary will not restore the mail box. There is another file that is needed. Assuming that the path to the mail folder is:
Then, if there are any downloads that are needed to be copied you need to also copy:
Macintosh HD/Users/MyHome/Library/Mail Downloads
And you certainly will need to copy:
Of course you could simply copy the entirety of:
to the new user home on the freshly reformated HD, but that would carry with it a lot of the dead wood you were trying to get rid of in the reformating process.
I just went through the same agony and even the CSR at AppleCare did not know about the .plist file. But it contains all of the user info and the pointers to the message data base and is absolutly necessary for Mail to read the messages.