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Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 27, 2012 10:46 AM

we have 2 accounts and need both email files for clean install - where and how can we access these? will save on external drive for install

Thanks!

Mac OS X (10.7.4), 2TB Western Digital external drive for mymac
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Jul 27, 2012 2:19 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    All Apple Mail files reside in each users /Library/Mail folder. However, why are you contemplating a clean install? IMO, it's a supreme waste of time and effort.

    27" i7 iMac 10.6.8, OS X Mountain Lion, G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Jul 27, 2012 2:54 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    If Disk Utility resolved your problems, then you don't need to do a clean install. However, if Mail doesn't work correctly, then that's a different issue. I have no idea what Support is talking about. Depending on how you have Mail setup to deal with mail on the server, only the ones still there will restore. Just launch Mail for each account and see what transpires, but don't delete those folders before doing that.

    27" i7 iMac 10.6.8, OS X Mountain Lion, G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Jul 27, 2012 2:55 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

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  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Aug 11, 2012 11:51 AM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    Easiest way to backup each user's Mail is to copy the Mail folder from each user's hidden /Library folder. Then, you can reinstall and simply copy the saved Mail folders to their respective locations. I don't use TM, so all I can offer is that you peruse Pondini's TM FAQs.

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  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Aug 11, 2012 4:18 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    Google search for unhide user library yields more info than you really want to know. I just run this in the Terminal for each user account, substituting the actual account name for username and restart. Always visible.

     

    chflags nohidden /Users/username//Library

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:38 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    Only each user's Library folder is hidden. The Mail subfolder lives within that.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 12:49 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    Tried what? Ran the command? Restarted afterwards? If you're still having issues, click on the Desktop, OPTION-click on the GO menu, and select Library. See this for other ways to reveal this stupidly designed folder:

     

    http://osxdaily.com/2011/07/04/show-library-directory-in-mac-os-x-lion/

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
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