7 Replies Latest reply: May 21, 2013 11:50 AM by Klaus1
DadOfSixJon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi:   My G5 (OX 10.4) is crashing and ready to die a slow (maybe fast) death.  It starts up once in a while....but mostly freezes on startup.  I tried to reinstall the original disk, but half way through it detects errors and can't continue..   It is running today (I shall leave on!)

 

SO:  I finally ordered a new iMac --- but there is a 3 way delay.

 

I wish, now, to backup critical stuff to a harddrive....then import later when computer arrives.

 

No problem on various DOCUMENTS, and iphoto and itune libraries.  Just drag and drop.

 

BUT HOW DO I BACK UP and SAVE all the mail that is in my iMail folders?   I wish to , eventually, move those to my new computer.


ALSO:  my AIRPORT has crashed as well on this old G5.  I cannot pull up the DSL signal in my home on thsi computer (I get, AIRPORT NOT CONFIGURED in the menu, though I've tried to set up with my DSL provider).  That's why I need to import using cable.

 

I appreciate the Apple Community help on this.

 

PS:  Before I start dragging and dropping today, is there an easy way to BACK UP all my various things (except applications, etc/)/

 

JON


G5 Desktop, Mac OS X (10.4.8), Also own G3 and G4 and Intel iMac
  • 1. Re: iMail Backup NOW Question, and more b/u
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,470 points)

    Hi Jon,

     

    Very best would be a complete clone of the Drive so Setup Assistant/Migration Assistant can import & convert all your stuff on the new one.

     

    But...

     

    On Mail...

     

    First Quit Mail, then I'd backup these two Mail folders, by right clicking on them in the Finder, then choose Archive/Compress.

     

    Users/YourUserName/Library/Mail

     

    Users/YourUserName/Library/Mail Downloads

     

    (Could be a different folder here if you chose such in Mail Prefs)

     

    Right click on that Mail folder, choose archive, you'll get everything in the folder, and the folder itself in a file called Mail.zip, move it to a safe place, same for the Mail Downloads folder... only the plist is separate.

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist

     

    For Address Book, quit AB...

     

    Files...

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.AddressBook.plist

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.AddressBook.abd.plist

     

    Folders...

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Caches/com.apple.AddressBook/

     

    Though for AB, selecting All & exporting as a vCard file is more useful.

  • 2. Re: iMail Backup NOW Question, and more b/u
    DadOfSixJon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks....I will try all of this....but one question:  I have an old fashion ONE CLICK MOUSE.....

     

    Can you provide details on some of the steps using my mouse?

     

    JON

  • 3. Re: iMail Backup NOW Question, and more b/u
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,470 points)

    OK, control key + click = a right click using a one button mouse.

  • 4. Re: iMail Backup NOW Question, and more b/u
    DadOfSixJon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK: So I am now, today, working on this.  I easily located this folder: 

     

     

       Users/YourUserName/Library/Mail

     

    However, unable to find this second one:

     

       Users/YourUserName/Library/Mail Downloads

     

     

    (I am using 10.4x, if that perhaps matters?)

  • 5. Re: iMail Backup NOW Question, and more b/u
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,470 points)

    I'm on 10.4.11, but...

    Users/YourUserName/Library/Mail Downloads

     

    (Could be a different folder here if you chose such in Mail Prefs)

  • 6. Re: iMail Backup NOW Question, and more b/u
    DukWings Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I take backups of my photos, music, etc. every six months for offsite storage.  I would like to add my mail to this process (I have onsite backup of the entire system covered.)  The directory specified in this stream

    Users/myusername/Library/Mail

    does not exist on my Mac OS X 10.7.5.  Can someone tell me where else I should be looking?

     

    Thanks

  • 7. Re: iMail Backup NOW Question, and more b/u
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,480 points)

    Your problem is not the same as that of the original poster of this older thread, and it can be very confusing for everybody if we try to answer more than one question in each thread.

     

    In order for us to give your problem our undivided attention to try to solve it, would you kindly start your own thread, describing the trouble you are having in the fullest detail, including completing your details to show what Mac you are using, what operating system, and what version of the application in question. Please remember to post in the forum relevant to your hardware or version of OS X.

     

    This forum is for Tiger OS 10.4. You are running Lion OS 10.7