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How do I do a clean install, and keep mail accounts?

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Aug 14, 2011 11:37 AM

A little background: We have several Macs, and several email accounts. We're buying new machines and on some would like to mostly start over, using the App Store to install programs as each machine requires, cutting out a lot of the disk loading.

 

The most important goal is to get a fresh install, BUT keep all the various Mail accounts (let's establish that as a starting point). BTW: All our machines have the same Mail accounts across the board.

 

What I'm getting so far is a bloated HDD when I try to upgrade directly over Snow Leopard, and a nice tight machine that lacks the Mail accounts when doing a clean install.

 

SPECIAL REQUEST: I normally appreciate when people take guesses about offering solutions, BUT in this case I would appreciate it if answers addressed the specific question of preforming an almost clean install that retained all the email accounts, their configurations, and their messages. I realize that the solution request here may be a bridge too far, but I thought I would ask because I suspect a lot of people moving to the mid-2011 MacBook Air might need such a solution too.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Chris

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