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Time Machine file restore

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burtfromin Calculating status...
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Dec 5, 2012 8:01 AM

I recently restored a corrupted drive. I can no longer access my time-machine backups from my backup drive dated prior to the restoration. Files are still in backup folder. I need to restore my email files. Where are they located and can I restore just the email folder?

Mac Pro (Early 2009), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Where are emails stored on Mac?
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,370 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 8:07 AM (in response to burtfromin)

    Open Time Machine and restore ~/Library/Mail

     

    Allan

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,370 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 11:25 AM (in response to burtfromin)

    Maybe you need to provide more details on how you restored the corrupted drive.

     

    Allan

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,650 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 9:00 AM (in response to burtfromin)

    Triple-click the line below to select it, then copy (command-C) the text to the Clipboard:

    ~/Library/Mail

    In the Finder, select

    Go Go to Folder

    from the menu bar, paste (command-V) into the box that opens, and press return. A window may open with an item selected. If it does, enter Time Machine and restore the selected item. Your Mail database will be completely replaced by the backup.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,650 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 9:23 AM (in response to Linc Davis)

    I just realized the above answer won't work in your situation. What you need to do instead is enter Time Machine and press the key combination shift-command-G. That opens a text box into which you can enter the full path to an item you want to restore. In your case, that will be something like the following:

     

    /Volumes/Volume Name/Users/you/Library/Mail

     

    where "Volume Name" is the name of the disk from which you want to restore data, and "you" is your short user name.

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