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Whitecity Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
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Aug 30, 2011 9:43 AM

Is there any way to tell mail to move some of my mailboxes to a different disk? Failing that, how do I archive old mail?

Thanks!

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Sep 4, 2011 2:59 PM (in response to Whitecity)

    In Mail

     

    Mailbox>Archive Mailbox

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,115 points)
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    Sep 4, 2011 3:26 PM (in response to Whitecity)

    Mailbox->Export Mailbox

     

    Export mailboxes

    You can export a mailbox to create a backup copy of it, so that later you can retrieve messages from the mailbox if you need to.

    1. Select one or more mailboxes to export.To select mailboxes that are next to each other (contiguous) in the list, hold down Shift as you click the first and last mailbox. To select mailboxes that are not next to each other in the list, hold down Command as you click each mailbox.
    2. Choose Mailbox > Export Mailbox, or choose Export Mailbox from the Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear) at the bottom of the sidebar.
    3. Choose a folder or create a new folder where you want to store the exported mailbox, and then click Choose.Mail exports the mailboxes as .mbox packages. If you previously exported a mailbox, Mail does not overwrite the existing .mbox file but appends a number to the filename of the new export to create a new version, such as My Mailbox 3.mbox.

     

    If you need to recover messages, you can import an exported .mbox file as Apple Mail.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Sep 4, 2011 3:28 PM (in response to Whitecity)

    It's export mailbox, my apologies, you can choose the destination during the export.

     

    Thanks TonyT1 for correcting my error.

  • ..:: Tiger ::.. Calculating status...
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    Sep 12, 2011 11:38 AM (in response to Csound1)

    Correct me if I'm wrong but actually, the option "Archive Mailbox" existed in earlier versions of Mac Mail, right?

     

    I was looking for it, but with Lion and Mail 5, that option was removed, and you can only archive single mail messages and not mailboxes, following the single mailbox with multiple tags organization scheme vs. the traditional multiple mailboxes and distribution from the inbox to each of them.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Sep 12, 2011 12:16 PM (in response to Whitecity)

    Follow the instructions TonyT1 posted.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Sep 13, 2011 4:21 PM (in response to Whitecity)

    That's not my understanding

  • Armando Stettner Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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    Oct 29, 2011 8:58 PM (in response to Whitecity)

    The original mailbox is still left in its original condition in Mail.

     

    And, as Tony noted, you can select multiple mailboxes.

     

    Sadly, however, you can't seem take anything but the bottom leaf of a tree (hierarchy) of mailboxes.  A surprising oversight.  Unless I'm doign something wrong....

     

      aps.

  • Armando Stettner Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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    Oct 29, 2011 9:20 PM (in response to Whitecity)

    An update to the archiving of hierarchies of mailboxes.

     

    It seems that if you open all the included mailboxes, every one, and then select all the mailboxes from top to bottom, you can then archive and it seems to work.  When importing them, they all seem to line up correctly.

     

    Again, the originals are left in place....

     

      aps.

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