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Moving local mailboxes from one Mac to another

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l008com Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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Feb 1, 2013 9:08 PM

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.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 1:39 PM (in response to l008com)

    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.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 2:25 PM (in response to l008com)

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

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 2:14 PM (in response to l008com)

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

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 2:22 PM (in response to l008com)

    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?

  • mypalbill Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 8:38 AM (in response to l008com)

    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.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 8:56 AM (in response to mypalbill)

    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)

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 8:56 AM (in response to l008com)

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

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  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 8:59 AM (in response to l008com)

    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.

  • mypalbill Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 10:47 AM (in response to Csound1)

    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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