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How to migrate an email account between two Mac

161 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2013 7:27 AM by Pierre-Antonin RSS
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Feb 17, 2013 10:15 AM



I have a MacBook pro under 10.8 and two emails account are attached to the mail under that computer. I would like to migrate one of the emails from this computer to another one (also under 10.8).


Can somebody help me finding the proper procedure for this migration?


Many thanks in advance.





  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,330 points)

    The method will vary dependent on the type of e-mail account, and you have not given any information about that.






    Which is it?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)

    Are these IMAP mail accounts? If they are then create a new mail account with the configuration of the account you wish to migrate. The new account will pick up everything from the mail server.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)

    Then the only way to preserve a POP account is to copy the /Home/Library/Mail/ folder from one computer to the other. If your intention is to merge messages from the one account to the other then you can use file sharing to mount the other computer's drive so you can access it. On your Mail select Import Mailboxes from the File menu. Select the Apple Mail option. In the dialog that appears navigate to the /Home/Library/Mail/V2/ folder and select the Mailboxes folder. Click on the Import/Open button. Select the mailboxes you want to import. This will import all the selected mailboxes into a separate category in your Mail application. You can then distribute the data however you want.


    Obviously, you could also copy the mailboxes you want to your computer and import them.


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