Trash only keeps 30 days. UGH

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ewarda, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. ewarda macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2007
    Please help.

    I never had this issue before. I keep trash for one year. However when I go to Preferences/Mail, it gives me the option to NEVER delete my trash. But even after I save, I go back in there and it's back to Keep only 30 days.

    I've lost so many messages..:mad:

    Any ideas on how to make it STICK?


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  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If Mail isn't keeping your settings, this may help:
    1. Quit Mail
    2. Delete /Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences/
    3. Start Mail
    Now try your settings. On another note, why would you have anything in your Trash if you want to keep it?
  3. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2009
    Because it's stuff you most likely won't ever need to look at but sometimes there is the odd situation that arises where it would be advantageous to go back and look.

    I keep old messages for a week and have on occasion gone back in to look at a message to get some info. Like I regularly get messages that are not worth reading and I just delete them right away, but sometimes someone else will say "oh I actually read that one and it was useful" so then I can go back and retrieve it.

  4. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Learn to archive instead of deleting. Honestly, you can't blame any application for deleting your trash data, because trash data is by definition stuff which should be deleted. Relying on such things is an insecure computing practice and must be avoided.

    For instance, the only messages I ever delete are the spam email, everything else wonders into the Archive folder.
  5. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    I think the only way you would get rid of this; is if you used a different mail application. Have you tried Sparrow?
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's not necessary to use a different app. Mail will do what the OP wants.
  7. henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    New Zealand
    Why would you put it in the trash when you need those messages :rolleyes:
    Sorry I just don't understand and doesn't make sense to me.
  8. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    lol why would you throw it away in the trash and complain?
    just keep it in the inbox
  9. wpotere, Sep 8, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2011

    wpotere Guest

    Oct 7, 2010
    ^^ This!

    I'll never understand why people use the trash as a storage bin. If you want to keep them for a year, create a folder called 1 year and stuff them in there. Then clean it out from time to time. :rolleyes: Heck, you could probably create a job that would do it for you automatically.
  10. basher macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2011
    Glendale, AZ USA
    Create a folder named _Trash, if your intent is to use trash as long term storage.
  11. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Is this an IMAP account? If so how do you know it's Mail deleting your trash and not the IMAP server?
  12. antonis macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2011
    Because OP said that settings go back to "delete after 30 days" every time he re-opens the application. And for the previous posts, no it's NOT ok for the application to delete mails on its own, otherwise what's the point of the "never delete" option at settings ?
  13. Logos327 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2008
    I consider my inbox a todo list. When I no longer need to address something I delete it (having hundreds of emails in my inbox seems incredibly unorganized). That being said, at least once a week I will go into the trash to recheck something.

    I will look into Sparow because I find mail to be VERY buggy. Maybe it is user error but, sometimes seemingly random things are deleted from my trash, or I will find 10+ identical copies of an email in the trash, and recently it has started changing the names associated with addresses by duplicating the last name (ex. Steve Jobs Jobs <>)

    If anyone has fixes for these issues I would be very grateful.

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