Time Machine Warning: Email Does Not Get Backed Up!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by honeycrisp, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. honeycrisp macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2007
    So I just purchased a new MBP, and used Time Machine to bring over all my files from my MacBook. Except Time Machine does something really dumb.

    It backs up the actual Mailboxes you store on your mac, but not the contents of the folders.

    So on my new MBP I had all my old mailboxes in Mail.app, but no emails in them. Why is this? Seems like an important thing to backup.
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    If your email is stored on the server and not your Mac, then it wouldn't back them up.
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Are you sure that the contents of the mailboxes was actually downloaded to your Mac. Mail left on the server will never be backed up by a local backup solution.
  4. honeycrisp thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2007
    Let me clarify. On my old machine I created new mailboxes, and choosed "On my Mac" as the location.

    On the new machine, the mailboxes are there, but no email inside...
  5. DerekS macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    Strange, because I have 3 years of email in a folder "On My Mac" and TM restored it just fine when I got my new Mac Pro.

    I think you're mistaken.
  6. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    I did a restore about a month ago and my "local" mail was in fact restored. Server mail was not and was initially empty until I connected then it populated.

    Double check your settings on your mail and make SURE it's not stored remotely. TM doesn't really exclude much. It's not like BackUp3 from .Mac where you have to tell it what to do. It's supposed to be a full HD backup.
  7. honeycrisp thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2007
    Well, I guess I was partially mistaken. I found them on my HD, but they are still not showing up properly in Mail.app. So I still have the messages, just not in the app yet. Working on switching them over. Strange that it did not do this...
  8. darthraige macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2007
    Coruscant, but Boston will do.
    This is all interesting. I just deleted some emails yesterday and I need one of them back. I am gonna attempt Time Machine when I get home to see what I can find. Hopefully it will work.
  9. fullstop102 macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    West Yorkshire, UK

    Hi. I just experienced this too and so googled it and found this forum. The answer is to rebuild each of the folders after you open up the mail client. IT will then synchronise everything back into order.

    Hope that helps you!
  10. pranavsaraf macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2011
    cant find this Time Machine on my mail ?

    firstly i cant find time machine on the mail app ...
    I had accidently checked on "remove copy from server after retreiving mail" option in preferences in the mail application on my mac book pro ...
    and almost all my old mails are deleted from my hotmail account ...
    in my office im using a windows desktop and dont really use my back book there to send mails .... i need to retrieve my mails on my hotmail account in the server ... how can i do that ? please help !!
  11. CinemaChick macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2013

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