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Where do the "Mailboxes" for Apple's "Mail" program reside on my hard drive?

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Jan 13, 2013 9:27 PM

Using Mail v. 4.4 on a MacBook Pro running 10.6.5.


On the sidebar of any Mail window is a list of "mailboxes," in my case containing lots of old emails classified according to various categories.


But where on my hard drive do these "mailboxes" reside? The data exists on my computer, not online anywhere -- even when I'm not on the Internet, the mailboxes and their contents are still there.


I've tried searching my hard drive (Command-F in Finder), looking for the the names of each mailbox, and also looking for unique/unusual words contained in various emails while searching for "contents," and also tried searching for visible and invisible (and both) files while doing this, but all searches came up empty,


I also tried looking in the "package contents" of the Mail program's application file, but could not locate the mailboxes there either.


They must be somewhere on my hard drive -- but where?


Any help or clues would be much appreciated.

15" MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)


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