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Moved Mail to new computer, rebuilt mail box, all old mail is gone

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Chris Winkler1 Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
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Dec 23, 2012 11:15 AM

Well, am in the processo of moving my old Mac Mail to my new Mac Pro. I have a 1/2 dozen accounts, and a couple dozen mail boxes to sort all the mail.


I read that the user name needs to be the same, so my user name is exactly what I have on the old mac. I copies the Mail folder from my user account, and the, and the file, whaterver the heck that is.


All seemed well with all the old mail showing up and all the mail boxes showing up, but I was forced to create all accounts from scratch, it did not bring that over.


1. All my drafts are showing up as blank, can't access them.

2. When I rebuilt my main, most important Inbox, it deleted all the prior mail I imported.




1. How do I get back the mail that is no longer there after the Inbox rebuilt.

2. How do I get my drafts to show up?



I would rather not start from scratch, as I would loose all mail that came after I backed up.


Can anyone help?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)

    What type of accounts are these and what version of OSX are you on. (Old and New)


    Types include POP, Imap and Exchange.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)

    Chris Winkler1 wrote:


    I am using PoP for my 2 mail business, and gmail uses imap


    Old is iMac running 10.6.8, new is Mac Pro 10.8.2


    What else do you need and why would the old imported emails go away when I rebuild? I still have the old computer and the back up. I need all my emails.


    Thanks in advance.


    Did you locally archive any of the Gmail or is it all in the server folders?


    For the POP accounts export each mailbox to an MBox file and then import them into the new machine.


    For the iMap I need to know the answer to the question.


    If your email is crucial it is wise to keep backups (additional to the originals), relying on remote servers and plain good luck doesn't always work sadly.

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,330 points)

    Chris Winkler1 wrote:


    First, how do i quote somethign in my reply?

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    Did you try the rebuild function in mail?



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            Dec 23, 2012 11:15 AM  


       Well, am in the processo of moving my old Mac Mail to my new Mac Pro.

    And just how did you try moving??? DId you use the intitial SetUp assistant?


    Setup assistant is best first time you turn your new Mac on, have firewire cable ready.




    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.8.2) 2.4GHz IntelCore i5 320 HD 8GB RAM ParallelsDesktop8.0 iPhone5_iOS6.0.2

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)

    If there are any subfolders they need to be exported individually, beyond that I have no idea, if I export a mailbox to an Mbox file I get all mail inside it (but not subfolders).


    Did you set your copy of Mail to remove the mail from the POP server, or leave it there?

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,330 points)

    Maybe you start over.


    When you start up your computer and select From another Mac on the "Do You Already Own a Mac?" screen, SetUp Assistant  will be asked to choose a migration.


    otherwise Migration assistant:




    MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 2.4GHz IntelCorei5 320GB HD 8GB RAM
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)

    Chris Winkler1 wrote:


    Well, 2010 is better than nothing. There are no sub folders in that mailbox & I'll try again.


    And I don't store on the servers because 90% of the emails are crap junk and get deleted & why waste perfectly good storage space on crap.



    Try the export again, if there are no subfolders you should get all the contents. (Just remembered, if the mailbox is very large it may be exported to multiple files, check for exports with a number after the name)


    Otherwise restore the TM backup to the new machine, and export the current mail for safekeeping, just in case.

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