Transfer Mail inbox from one mac to another mac's Mail inbox?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by helicoptersoup, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. helicoptersoup macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2006
    I just got a new macbook pro and have been using Mail with it for a while now. What I want to do is transfer my inbox messages from Mail on an old macbook into the inbox of Mail on my new MBP. Is there anyway to do this and still keep the new emails that Mail has collected on my MBP?
  2. illegallydead macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007
    In Mail on the old MB, go to Mailbox > Archive Mailbox. That should put everything into one convenient place that you just copy over to the MBP. From there, you should be able to go to File > Import Mailbox, then Select "Mail for OSX" and just select the .inbox file that was created. That should work right, though I have never done it for sure myself. This is one of those things where the help files and a quick google search may do better than relying on us to give you an answer...
  3. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    The file would be called inbox.mbox

    Just archive the old inbox onto the desktop then copy it over to the new mac.

    Then import the *.mbox folder

    It will look like this :

    Attached Files:

    • mbox.png
      File size:
      8.6 KB
  4. macrem macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2008
    Time Machine is the simplest way to go, otherwise...

    a. IMAP/Exchange mailserver: your files stay on the server, changes from the client are made on the server. Your MBP would get all the messages off the server as they were on your other machine. Gmail offers free IMAP.

    b. POP mailserver: normally the default is to download the messages (remove from server as downloaded).

    c. there must be lots of other ways, like copying over the local mail files, but my laziness prevents me from understanding its ins and outs.

    In case of b., with OS X Mail drag mail from POP accounts over to an IMAP account (solution a). But if you can't deal with that, go for door c.
  5. illegallydead macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007
    I'm not sure that Time Machine actually fully backs up the Mailboxes. I seem to recall loosing A BUNCH of mail when I tried doing a clean install of Leopard (instead of the previous Tiger->Leopard I had) and restoring from Time Machine.
    I would for sure archive the mailboxes in the way described just to be safe...

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