so why does mail find it nessasary to store EVERYTHING on my mac?

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  1. otis123 macrumors 6502a

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    i have a 40gb HDD and i do not want it filled with all my emails that are synced with my Gmail through mail. i there some way were mail doesnt download all of my old emails? i dont need them, i only want new mail and i want that deleted when i delete it, not store in some folder. is there a way to set up mail how i want it?
     
  2. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    use Gmail IMAP.. all messages are stored on the server and not your mac..
    plus everything is kept in sync.. so if you delete a mail from gmail.com it will get deleted from mail.app on your mac.. etc...
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    IMAP stores all the mail on my hard drive...
     
  4. otis123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am using IMAP, but is mail downloading all of my archived mail?
     
  5. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    you sure? i thought that was pop... ?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    ~/Library/Mail
     

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  7. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    so do you have this option set in the advanced tab in your mail account?

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  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I do keep all attachments but then again I'm the one who sent those attachments. :rolleyes:

    I also have a few folders with several thousand e-mails. I don't delete e-mail.
     
  9. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    huh?
    what i mean is.. if you're using imap with mail.app set to store messages and attachments offline, that is why your mail folder is so large? and will that sort out the OP's question?

    i have that option set for my main imap email.. and my folder size is 1.67GB!!!! lol..
    i also dont delete mails ;)
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    My large mail folder size is more then likely from attachments on my sent mail and then a few folders with several thousand e-mails.

    It's probably best to figure out what's taking up the most space and then avoid saving that for offline viewing. I have a 320 GB hard drive on my MacBook though.
     

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