Currently Being ModeratedMar 26, 2013 8:54 AM (in response to DustinWStout)
I am having the same problem with attachments randomly disappearing and code appearing.
The attachments are still available via Webmail, but disappear from my Mac Mail.
Last Thursday, I received an email with an attachment in Mail. I saw that it was there. The following Monday, I located the email and opened the attachment in Preview. No problem. I moved the email to my Trash folder (which is set to never delete messages). Several hours later on Monday, I wanted to open the attachment again, but it had disappeared. I could see the email, but there was no attachment.
I tried a few of the things others have suggested on other threads. I tried viewing the Raw Source, but the Save Attachments option was greyed out. I tried the Rebuild feature and it deleted the email entirely.
When I went to my Webmail, the email and the attachment were still there.
I'm on a Macbook Pro running Mountain Lion.
Whatever the problem is, it makes using Mail for business frustrating and impossible. Totally unprofessional to have attachments randomly disappearing. Now I need to find a different mail reader.
You mentioned you see code appearing in place of missing attachments. I haven't noticed that connection, but I do have code appearing randomly. An email will look fine when it comes in, but after it's moved to another folder, when I go back to look at the emails, a small percentage of them have pages and pages of code that now appear. In my case, the code sometimes replaces the actual message of the email, meaning I can't access the original message anymore.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 12, 2013 7:15 AM (in response to Amber6)
After encountering the problem in Mavericks where a previously opened email has a previously viewed attachment (document) that seems to be missing. This occurs when I return to reread or save the attachment. The email remains, as normal, in my inbox. However, in place of the attachment link I find the name, including file type (normally appearing at the bottom of the email, where the link to the attachment used to be). In the case of my particular attached document, it is a PDF. I verified the same condition on my two machines (both on Maverick) iMac and on MacBook Mail programs to assure myself that I had not saved it on one machine's hard drive.
In order to recover the 'missing' document, I conducted an advanced search using Finder (Ctrl F) and then, selected search type with "Name", "Matches" and placed the name of the missing attachment, as cut/pasted from the email. The document was quickly found under ...Library/Mail Downloads/'(reference number for Mail)/(filename).
This method at least allows the user to relocate the document referenced in the email, though the email appears to no longer be linked to the attachment.
Message was edited by: twoboot