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Can you delete an E-mail account without deleting the associated E-mails

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Apr 12, 2013 1:47 PM

I was going to delete my Mindspring account from the mac mail, but it says that all the mail will also be deleted, or at least, that is how I interpet what is stated.   Soooo, is there a way delete my mindspring account without deleting the mail.  I am trying to take mindspring off as an option when sending E-mail

 

Thanks

 

Stan

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,455 points)

    I think this would be down to whoever is providing your ISP service.   If you remove mindspring from your own email options and delete your own content, that should be fine.    Depending on the provider, they usually retain records for a certain time anyway ... and you have no access to that unless you cancel the account.

     

    This is how I interpret things anyway; I'm sure I will be corrected if I am out of line.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,310 points)

    No. Download all emails for that account first and archive them before deleting the email account.

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,455 points)

    Yes; I did think of this too until I remembered a recent post where someone had 80,000 of them.      It also seemed that Stan did not particularly want them. 

     

    Out of interest, do you know what the obligations are for ISPs to close an account and co-operate in this way. 

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,310 points)

    seventy one wrote:

     

    Out of interest, do you know what the obligations are for ISPs to close an account and co-operate in this way.

    Depends on the contract. If you are on a minimum period you may have to pay a penalty, otherwise you are free to cancel, change or amend an email account.

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,455 points)

    Hello Stan,

     

    You say 'when you are going to close the account', the message comes up.   What, exactly, are you about to do to close it?  And where does this message come from, your ISP, your machine or what?

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,165 points)

    If you are using Mail, put all the emails in a folder, select the folder and go to the Mailbox Menu>Export Mailbox. The files will be saved in mbox format. If you need the emails in the future go to Mail>File>Import Mailboxes, locate the file, select the 'Files in mbox' format option et voila.

    I'd recommend that if you do this, test the mbox you exported before deleting the account by re-importing it - I once had an instance where a few mboxes woudn't import, for some reason I never discovered.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)

    In Mail 4.6 (10.6) I'm not seeing only seeing Import Mailbox, no export. But Mail can be archived

     

    Note: I'm not getting the Archive option with Cmd, but I do get it with a right-click.

     

    Archiving mailboxes

    You can archive (create a backup copy) of a mailbox so you can retrieve messages if needed.

     

    To archive a mailbox:

     

    Select one or more mailboxes to archive.

     

    To select mailboxes that are next to each other (contiguous) in the list, hold down Shift as you click the first and last mailbox; to select mailboxes that are not next to each other in the list, hold down Command as you click each mailbox.

     

    Choose Mailbox > Archive Mailbox, or choose Archive Mailbox from the Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear) at the bottom of the sidebar.

     

    Choose a folder or create a new folder where you want to store the archives, and then click Choose.

     

    Mail archives the mailboxes as .mbox packages. If you’ve already archived a mailbox, Mail does not overwrite the existing file but appends a number to the filename to create a new version of it.

     

    If you need to recover messages, you can import an archived .mbox file as “Mail for Mac OS X.”

     

    Importing mailboxes

    If you set up Time Machine to back up files, you can use it to restore previous versions of a mailbox or a message. Time Machine deletes older backups to make room for new ones as the backup disk fills up, so older backups of Mail might be deleted.

     

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  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,165 points)

    WZZZ wrote:

     

    In Mail 4.6 (10.6) I'm not seeing only seeing Import Mailbox, no export. But Mail can be archived

    In Mail (v6.3 - MLion) Export is in the Mailbox menu, Import is in the File menu. I thought they'd always been there as it was long before MLion that I had the problem with a few mboxes I mentioned.

    Maybe I did it the way you're suggesting... it's been a while .

  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)

    StanW wrote:

     

    I was going to delete my Mindspring account from the mac mail, but it says that all the mail will also be deleted, or at least, that is how I interpet what is stated.   Soooo, is there a way delete my mindspring account without deleting the mail.  I am trying to take mindspring off as an option when sending E-mail

     

    Thanks

     

    Stan

    Instead of complicated archiving and importing, I suggest that you do what I have done in this situation: namely, leave the account there inside your Apple Mail program, but under Preferences, Accounts, select the account in question, go to the Advanced tab, and UNCHECK the box that says "Include when automatically checking for new messages." This means your email for that account will remain on your Mac as it presently is, but it will never check for email ever again under that new account (unless you manually tell it to do so, which obviously you won't).

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