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l008com Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

I've got a bunch of .mbox mailboxes copied from one Mac (that was using Apple Mail). I copied the files out of the Mailboxes folder, in the ~/Library/Mail folder. I stuck it in the same locaiton on a new Mac. When I opened Mail.app, I saw the entire complicated folder structure, but every folder was empty. I tried rebuilding each folder, but that had no effect.

 

I then tried doing a more traditional import, but that doesn't work either. It starts importing but eventually Mail crashes before getting very far.

 

Here's the catch. It's are a ton of emails. Many many many subfolders, many many levels deep. Also the total amount of mail is very large. About 70 GB. So it's not so easy to run through these .mbox files, or even to simply duplicate them.

 

Is there some more straight forward way to do this the way I originally tried? Just moving the files into the mail storage folder, and having Mail.app "see" the mail? That way, I wouldn't have to import or duplicate the massive bunch of mail.

  • 1. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    Try this. Delete the ~/Library/Mail/ folder and replace it with the one from the older Mac. Boot into the newer Mac, run Mail, and let it update the Mail. That's all one should have to do. I routinely do that with Snow Leopard's Mail, so I can view it in ML's Mail. Works like gangbusters and no mucking around with copying, exporting, or importing.

  • 2. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    l008com Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    I can't do that. I don't have the whole mail folder from the old Mac, just these specific mailboxes. And the old account was a network account hosted on server that we migrated to a regular account. So the normal account importing techniques weren't options.

  • 3. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    Too bad, since it works well. AFAIK, you're probably up the proverbial creek w/o any paddle.

  • 4. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    l008com Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Surely there is some way I can import or integrate these mailboxes?

  • 5. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    I'll leave that to the Mail mavens, since I still use Eudora for my e-mail.

  • 6. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    If they are standard .mbox files you have been using the right method, open Mail. select 'in mbox format' or Apple Mail (try both) select the file and import it. If this is what you are doing and Mail is crashing either the files are corrupted or Mail isn't working right. Any other Mac around so you can try another installation?

  • 7. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    mypalbill Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    There is a bug when doing “export mailbox” and import mailbox functionality. 

    Workaround:
      > Open Finder and under the “Go” menu, hold down the option key.  The “Library” sub-menu will show up.
      > Copy the entire “Library > Mail” folder to a USB disk (it will not work if copying to a shared drive for some reason)
      > Take the USB disk to the new computer and do an “Import Mailbox” and select the copied Data file.  There will be LOTS of folders that come up for import, you can browse through and deselect what you don’t need (e.g. trash or junk mail), OR just import everything and then clean up from your mailbox.
      > The imported folders will show up in mail under the “On My Mac” area.

  • 8. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    l008com Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Doing this causes mail to crash after a few hours of importing. Remember this is 70 GB of mail data, so it's not like a normal 1 GB mailbox where we can throw it around and try it easily on different machines. The import does scan the folder and show a ton of items in the list like you say. But mail crashes partway through importing.

     

    What about just putting the folders directly into the Mail library like I first tried. Shouldn't that work? They were local "on my mac" mailboxes on both computers, and both computers are running the same version of OS X. Shouldn't copying just the /Mail/V2/Mailboxes/ folder work? Is there a way to make it work? When I try that method, I get all of the mailbox folders and sub folders, but each and every one is empty. And rebuildling the mailbox finishes instantly and has no effect.

  • 9. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    mypalbill wrote:

     

    There is a bug when doing “export mailbox” and import mailbox functionality. 

     

    This is now the 7th time you have posted this BS in 15 minutes, can you support this assertion? (by the way, the method does not work either)

  • 10. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    l008com Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    I've never seen a "export mailbox" option anywhere so I'm not entirely sure what that even means.

  • 11. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    Right Click on a mailbox and you will see the command.

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  • 12. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    l008com Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Disregard, I found it. Not where I expected it. But alas exporting won't work for me anyway because if you'll recall, the real situation is that there were network accounts that got remade as real local accounts because the server was having significant login issues. So we had to kill the server and copy the data directly from the user account folders on the server. But none of this shoudl really effect what I'm trying to do. Ultimately, the mail should be stored in the mail folder in the same way whether it's a network account or a real local account, it should just be stored in a different location: on teh server instead of on the computer.

  • 13. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    Yes, I remember, using the import maibox command is how it should be done but you seem to have an issue with the files.

     

    Try this: download a free copy of Emailchemy and try using it to import, you will get to see whether it works for you. If it does then buy it ($39) and use it.

  • 14. Re: Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another
    mypalbill Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    First of all, it's not BS, I found several other users had similar issues trying to export and import mailboxes.  This is why I went to several of those posts and posted my "fix" - which I got from Apple Support after talking to them on the phone.  They gave me this workaround.   One should not have to buy any other software just to move mail from one apple device to the next.  Oh and the "method" you refer too, is that the workaround I mentioned?  Yes it does work I just did it this morning from an IMac to a Macbook Pro after trying everything else I came across on these forums...which is when I finally called Apple.

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