TS3276: OS X Mail: Troubleshooting sending and receiving email messagesLearn about OS X Mail: Troubleshooting sending and receiving email messages
Currently Being ModeratedJul 4, 2013 6:29 AM (in response to Klausp)
The short story: If you have no email issues on other linked devices, the trouble lies singularly with your Mac. Check your mail folders. Do you see a "Recovered Messages" folder? Click on folder, and see if it has the same email(s) looped over and over again. If so, this email may have jammed your mail system up. Try this: <http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57488837-263/fix-os-x-mail-creating-multipl e-recovered-messages/>
The long story:
I too have OS X 10.6.8, core i7. Initially I stopped receiving mail, but was able to send. Please note that this was only an issue on my MacBook. All other linked devices had no issue connecting/receiving emails from the same account. This is how I knew that the problem was with my MAC, and NOT my Gmail. After perusing trouble-shooting forums, and doing all the obvious (ie. Taking all accounts offline, and signing back on, going down the checklist of the obvious- blah blah), I gave up on the mail account even though I could see the obvious signs my mail folder was in distress (looping of same message in recovered folder). But wait- the troubles didn't end there! Then my mac begin to slow down, I was unable to save or download anything, and I kept getting the pop up message that my start-up disk was full and that I needed to creat new space! I knew the problems were related but didn't know where they connected. I kept removing files from my Mac to create space- a few gigs there, a gig here. And within hours- the freed up space would be used up. So I searched forums for "Startup disk full" and did everything the forums suggested including entering command in the terminal- all to no avail. I began to think against all odds, my Mac had a virus. And then today, after a month of fustration and finding that my Netflix Silverlight software needed to be updated, but my Mac refused to update it due to lack of "Disk space", I opened up Mac Mail again, and decided to delete all the mail folders saved on the computer- just for the heck. One in particular- "Recovered Messages" had the same email over and over. I had noticed this before, thought it was strange and had tried to delete the folder, but when it didn't delete, I didn't think anything of it. Nor did I catch the fact that the folder continuously recovered an email that happened to have a 67mb attachment. On a whim, I check the Mac HD info after I cleared all messages in that folder, and saw that the Mac HD available space went from 40mb to 300+gb. The problem was the "Recovered Messages" folder would not delete, and continued to add the same email over and over, and the email message was eating up all the space on my disk. So having pinpointed the issue- I was able to find this article: <http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57488837-263/fix-os-x-mail-creating-multipl e-recovered-messages/> This worked for me after everything else failed. I did not have a V2 subdirectory, so I went straight for the folder starting with IMAP. The "Recovered Messages" folder disappeared immediately. I can't believe that I overlooked what I knew was unusual behavior in my mail folder! My Mac is back to normal: receiving new emails and disk space is recovered.