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How do I import mail from Snow Leopard to Lion Mail?

2738 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 26, 2013 8:55 AM by Abu Suda RSS
Mark Sealey Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)
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Aug 26, 2011 9:20 PM

Tried dragging ~/Library/Mail files and folders across.

 

But Mail insisted on my setting up an accounr (I have several) and put everything into that one account.

 

Anyone know of a foolproof doc./url or checklist, please, which explains how to get everything that was in Snow Leopard Mail into Lion Mail?

 

Thanks!

  • JohnZonie Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    I did a clean install of Lion on my MacPro and my wife's iMac by setting up a new partition for installing Lion.  I used the process indicated here:

    http://macs.about.com/od/usingyourmac/ss/moving-apple-mail.htm

    In both cases, my email accounts transferred perfectly.

     

    I suspect the key difference from your situation was not migrating the keychain.

  • JohnZonie Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    I used this procedure for migrating from SL to Lion.  Worked fine. IIRC, the keychain step copied the email accounts. I just followed the steps indicated and started Mail.  Everything was there and ready to go!

  • JohnZonie Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Now that I think about it, I may have given you bad advice. I have a MobileMe account and I may have used that to sync my mail accounts.

     

    Sorry for the misdirection.

  • tomizza Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    well, the following did work for me and my 16GB+ mails:

     

    1) copy the following files (e.g. from a snow leopard backup) prior to first opening mail.app to the lion install:

    1a) ~/Library/Keychains/ (folder "Keychains")

    1b) ~/Library/Mail* (folders "Mail" and "Mail Downloads")

    1c) ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Mail.* (mail preferences files)

    2) then open mail.app in lion ... import/update will follow

     

    if you have opened mail.app prior to the above steps these files (1a and 1b) have already been created, so you have to replace them with your backups from snow leopard described above

     

    if you have set up emails accounts in system preferences "Mail, Contacts & Calendars" you might have to delete them before applying the above steps

  • tomizza Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Sep 15, 2011 9:32 AM (in response to tomizza)

    similar "solution" for how to import ical from snow leopard to lion:

     

    1) copy the following files (e.g. from a snow leopard backup) prior to first opening ical:

    1a) ~/Library/Keychains/ (folder "Keychains")

    1b) ~/Library/Calendars (folders "Calendars")

    1c) ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iCal.* (ical preferences files, "com.apple.iCal.helper.plist", "com.apple.iCal.plist")

    1d) ~/Library/Preferences/iCalExternalSync.plist

    2) then open ical in lion ... import/update will follow

     

    if you have opened ical prior to the above steps these files (1b, 1c and 1d ) have already been created, so you have to replace them with your backups from snow leopard described above

     

    if you have set up calendar accounts in system preferences "Mail, Contacts & Calendars" you might have to delete them before applying the above steps

     

     

     

    ps:

    not quite sure if the following steps are necessary (or did help) for mail/ical import, because mobileme sync works now different in lion (no option for syncing calendars anymore within system preferences—>mobileme) ...

    i did a mobileme sync in snow leopard prior to the clean install of lion with:

    • Calendars
    • Mail Accounts
    • Mail rules, Signatures, and Smart Mailboxes
  • Abu Suda Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 26, 2013 8:55 AM (in response to tomizza)

    Hi tomizza,

    That didn't work out so well for. I ended up with a corrupted mail app. OR it tries to re download every mail again...

    Any further suggestions would be helpful.

     

    Thanks.

    Abu Suda.

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