Currently Being ModeratedDec 13, 2012 4:45 PM (in response to robbehr)
That sounds like a POP issue. Does your Hotmail defaults to POP? If it permits and you set it to IMAP it will be possible to revert this behavior and you'll be able to restore your messages to your Hotmail inbox via Apple's Mail.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 13, 2012 7:12 PM (in response to Vitu)
Thanks! I've got an extra drive, so I can clone my system and experiment with converting to IMAP. I appreciate the help.