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Where are emails stored locally?

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dutcharie Calculating status...
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Feb 1, 2013 1:34 PM

I need to restore my emails from a Time Machine back-up. But I can't find where they are located. It used to be (I think) that messages were located in the Library/Preferences/Mail folder. But no longer...

 

Who can help me?

Thanks!

 

Arie

MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 1:35 PM (in response to dutcharie)

    Instead of going to ~/Library/Mail folder to restore mails, there's an easier way to restore mails. First, open Mail app and then, open Time Machine application, so you will access to the Time Machine interface to restore the mails you want

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,450 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 1:53 PM (in response to dutcharie)

    ~/Library/Preferences/Mail folder  

     

    hold the option key and Go from the drop down menu. This is the user Library.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:17 PM (in response to dutcharie)

    You are looking on /Library/Preferences, and you won't find Mail on that folder. Open Finder, select Go menu > Go to Folder, and type ~/Library/Preferences/Mail to go to your Mail folder

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,485 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:18 PM (in response to dutcharie)

    It's in the user library, ~/Library/

  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,235 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:25 PM (in response to Csound1)

    The location is:

     

    ~/Library/Mail/V2/

     

    Underneath that are subfolders; some for mail accounts (where IMAP is stored), and then Mailboxes for all your local mail.

     

    Restoring via Time Machine this way is madness though :-)

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:26 PM (in response to William Lloyd)

    Why did I put ~/Library/Preferences? Thanks for clarifying that and sorry for the mistake

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,485 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:27 PM (in response to William Lloyd)

    William Lloyd wrote:

     

    The location is:

     

    ~/Library/Mail/V2/

     

    Underneath that are subfolders; some for mail accounts (where IMAP is stored), and then Mailboxes for all your local mail.

     

    Restoring via Time Machine this way is madness though :-)

    Thanks, I know that, just pointing out which Library the OP needs to be in.

     

    Time Machine is madness however you use it, it's a possible backup hidden in a maze, must be made in China

  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,235 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:32 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Easiest way to find the right place is to use command-shift-G to "go to location" in Finder and paste that ;-)

     

    Personally, I've found Time Machine to be great.  For restoring documents and folders, it's fantastic.  I've had a few times when I've deleted entire directories, etc., and then decided 9 months later I wanted it back.  Every single time I've tried to do this, I've had what I wanted in 3 minutes time.  It's flawless.

     

    That said, the starfield animations and all that can be a bit much

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,485 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:34 PM (in response to William Lloyd)

    William Lloyd wrote:

     

    Easiest way to find the right place is to use command-shift-G to "go to location" in Finder and paste that ;-)

     

    Personally, I've found Time Machine to be great.  For restoring documents and folders, it's fantastic.  I've had a few times when I've deleted entire directories, etc., and then decided 9 months later I wanted it back.  Every single time I've tried to do this, I've had what I wanted in 3 minutes time.  It's flawless.

     

    That said, the starfield animations and all that can be a bit much

    Why do you keep posting to me,

     

    I'll make it clear. I am NOT the OP of this post. I know where the library is and I do NOT use Time Machine.

     

    OK?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,485 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:45 PM (in response to dutcharie)

    It is in the same place on your TM backup.

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,450 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:59 PM (in response to mende1)

    mende1 wrote:

     

     

    Ya don't feel so bad,  I was just following suit, and wasn't thinking beyond the User Library.

     

    Nice to know somebody is paying attention.  Maybe we can give Csound1  the greenie for stepping in!

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  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,235 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 3:11 PM (in response to Csound1)

    I was posting to you because I was RESPONDING to you.

     

    You first said this "Thanks, I know that, just pointing out which Library the OP needs to be in."

     

    To which I replied, which would be useful to other folks who may come across this, or to the OP if he reads subthreads.

     

    And then you replied with this "Time Machine is madness however you use it, it's a possible backup hidden in a maze, must be made in China "

     

    To which I posted my own anecdote, which is a counterpart to your comment that Time Machine is "madness however you use it."

     

    I understand you're not the OP of this post.  Is there a rule that I should only reply to the OP and not add comments to subposts, when I deem it worthy?

     

    OK?

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