Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 8:48 AM (in response to benjamingordon)
If you're moving to the same OS (assuming Lion on both comuters) and you haven't set up Mail on the new, you can copy the Mail folder from your user library to the new computer.
User Library hidden by default in Lion. Click on desktop and hold the option key down while selecting GO in the Finder menu and scroll to Library.
Once in your user Library, select the Mail folder and copy it to the new computer.
The Mail folder will contain all your accounts and mailboxes. If you already have the accounts setup, you can go further into the folder and just bring in the Mailboxes folder which will be the local folders.
You can also export each Mailbox from the old computer and Import each to the new.
If both computers are setup on a network, then you can just Import the Mailboxes from the old to the new using the Import feature without have to copy and paste. This would probably be the easiest and best way.
In Mail, under File in menu, Import Mailboxes and follow through on the steps.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 1:34 PM (in response to Glenn Leblanc)
i am having some issues trying to organise myself now.
i have loads of 'on my mac' folder which contain emails send from various people to 5 different email accounts on my mac.
i have it set as rules that when an email arrives from someone it moves automatically into that folder.
this means that i dont get the emails on my iphone anymore.
whats the best way around this do you think?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 1:49 PM (in response to benjamingordon)
Assuming you're accounts are IMAP:
If they're moved to local folders, then they won't appear on your iPhone since the local folders appear only on the Mac where the rules are applied.
What to do depends on what you're trying to accomplish.
If you're just looking for a backup for long term storage:
Instead of moving the messages to local folders, copy the messages to them. All the messages should still appear in the inbox and will also appear on the iPhone. But, you will have to deal with them from there.
If you're just looking for quick organization of your inbox, you could use Smart Mailboxes to show mail from certain criteria and leave the mail in the Imap folders.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 2:12 PM (in response to Glenn Leblanc)
yea they are all imap.
copy is probably the best idea as i can just delete them from the inbox when ive finished with them but they will still be in the respective folders.
the only thing is ive got 2 of every message which is annoying.
the whole idea to this is better organisation and not such a daunting inbox.
i never delete emails, i just hoard them.
i wish mac mail would have a today/last week/last month/ last year collapsable sub-menu.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 7:39 PM (in response to benjamingordon)
You can build smart mailboxes to view the time criteria you're looking for if that will help you to find and organize messages.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 10:31 PM (in response to benjamingordon)
do you have icloud ? if you do just make some temp folders and copy your stuff to them and then you can get to it on your new mac.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2012 2:44 AM (in response to Donald Worrell)
I have a gmail, iCloud and yahoo. I use them all for different things. So each folder contains emails from mixed accounts.
I'm not sure whether I should just keep to this copy to folder approach then delete from inbox or to move the folders online.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2012 5:10 AM (in response to benjamingordon)
Smart mailboxes won't show in IMAP. Not sure if an iPhone has smart mailboxes on it. If it does, you would have to build them it it also to organize.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2012 12:56 PM (in response to Glenn Leblanc)
Might I please dredge up this older topic?
I want to "import' or "transfer" my Mail accounts and many, many mailboxes from my EXISTING laptop to a new Lion BUILD that I am constructing on an external device. Both are 10.7.4 of course.
I have been constructing a fresh BUILD of 10.7.4 on an external device--reinstalling all my apps as oppposed to a Migration, which brings everything across in one big sloppy mess. I have issues with some defunkt HP software that won't fully uninstall--and I just want to start fresh this time. (there's remnants panther, tiger, leopard, and SL from years of migration) My rebuild is not live yet, it doesn't have any accounts. I did this already on another 8core I use for work--performance and stability has increased.
As for MAIL, I understand everything in your post about local vs iMap. In my case, I have about 25GB of mailboxes and attachment both On My Mac and on iCloud. (I realize this is redundant and that iClould keeps a local copy).
Of course when I startup from the external BUILD device (its on a Lacie portable FW drive), launch MAIL and then try to import mailboxes, there is no way to see the main Library on the EXISTING OS--so I can't navigate to that that Mail folder that contains the stuff. I'm interested in knowing if there's any Console or Terminal command that will reveal that Library folder on my laptop.
Or I'll do it the way you describe above, though I'm a bit suspicious. My gut tells me I'm better off importing the mailboxes--because I would be concerned there's other Preferences and supporting files that wouldn't get moved in that big transfer. Will all my attachments come accoss?
While we're on the subject, any posts or white papers you can direct me to that will show me how to move my iPhoto libary in this similar manner?
thanking you in advance Glenn
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2012 7:35 PM (in response to saigonedit)
The terminal command to unhide the Home Library folder is:
chflags nohidden ~/Library
You will have to redo the terminal command with each OS update. You can drag the Home Library folder to the sidebar which will stay after OS updates.
The V2 folder in the Home Library/ Mail folder contains all accounts, mailboxes, messages and attatchments within mailboxes, and settings for those accounts. If you don't feel comfortable with copying the V2 folder to the new OS, then just do it as an import. If you have problems navigating to the Home Library folder on the old computer, then copy the V2 folder from the old system to the desktop of the new one you're creating or to a flash drive. Then you will no longer have a problem with hidden files and you can import it from that copy when you log in to the new system.
If you choose "import from Apple Mail", navigate to the V2 folder you copied or from the old system if you can navigate to it, it should import all accounts, messages, and mailboxes.
Hope that makes sense to you.
For iPhoto, I don't remember if anything has changed from Lion to ML which I'm running now. But in your user account, the iPhoto library will be in the Pictures folder. If it's the same as ML, you will have only one iPhoto Library file which will contain all files for iPhoto within it's package contents. You will just need to copy that file to the new system. You may also have other files such as Photo Booth you may want to copy also. So I would just copy the whole contents of the Picture Folder to the new system which will insure you have all your data for iPhoto and other apps. Once you copy that to the new system and start iPhoto from there, it may ask you for the location of the library and you may have to point to the iPhoto Library file for it to recognize the library.
Hope that helps
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2012 8:04 PM (in response to Glenn Leblanc)
Helpful in mulitple ways. I tried the Terminal command. I had seen that on another post last night and thought I tried it correctly--i guess not. Tried it again-- now it works and the (HOME) Library is in the Sidebar. That is such an unbelievably cool way to solve that--I couldn't resist trying it. I'm actually going to copy the folder to the desktop of the new OS on the BUILD drive like you said, since you have no problem with it. But its so nice to have multiple approaches--I learned something and thank you so much. Your solution actually has ramifications with some other solutions and workflows that I didn't mention. Thanks again.
With iPhoto: makes perfect sense, I'll do it like that. Thanks again.
(I would love to ask your opinion on another issue related to this one, and mentioned above. I'm doing an app by app rebuild on OSX 10.7.4 because its not possible to selectively migrate apps--as least not easily. This requres a bit of background explanation. Is there any way I can start a new thread and know that you'll see it? I guess I can put the link to it in here? Please advise. I don't want to mix up the threads.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2012 8:12 PM (in response to saigonedit)
Start the new topic. I'll reference your question through your name in a few minutes or in the morning. Either way, someone else may know more on your question.