Why does Mail sometimes decide to re-download every mail I've ever sent?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by AVR2, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    Once in a while when I launch Mail, it tries to download thousands of mails. Not spam ones, but legitimate mails going right back to when I joined .mac in 2005. Why is this?
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
  3. AVR2 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    I delete things from Mail - just select the messages I don't want and press "delete". Is that not enough?
  4. Buzz Bumble Guest

    Oct 19, 2008
    New Zealand
    Depends on your Mac's Mail account settings and whether you're using IMAP or POP email.

    Even if the settings are correct on your Mac, your Email Provider my have have a problem with their server.

    Someone I help had a similar problem of messages downloading twice (or more times). Their Internet Provider had to get the account "refreshed" to fix the problem ... that's what they get for being a lazy Internet company and relying on Yahoo for their email system, and they are supposdely the biggest Internet Provider in the country as well as the main phone company. :rolleyes:
  5. AVR2 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    I have an official MobileMe email account - well, .mac as-was, because I set it up in 2005. My Mail account settings were configured automatically, as you'd expect with .mac.

    As I say, the issue with downloading thousands of old mails only happens occasionally, perhaps once every six months, but I wondered *why* it happens in the first place.
  6. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    I've had that happen with a couple different email providers, usually after the provider does some sort of server maintenance. I think it happens when the server loses track of some sort of pointer that indicates when the last time was that you downloaded your mail.

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