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Restoring Mail folders after system re-install : Am I screwed?

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TheOriginal150mph Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 5, 2013 11:43 PM

Before I wiped my HD and reinstalled, I overlooked archiving Mailboxes from inside Mail - oops. Instead, I backed up everything in Mac Harddrive/Library and System, and also MyIdentity/Library and System files — almost 1 gig of stuff — thinking I could just pop those files back into their respective Library or System folders and be back as before. Included were 20 or so .mbox files in MyIdentity/Library/Mail/Mailboxes/1Folder-To-Restore.mbox. The mailboxes I want to restore were all On My Mac folders.


After re-install, I set up my Mail accounts again, and apparently retrieved most of the 5000+ messages from the past 3 years. But I'd like them sorted back into the 20 or so folders like before.


When trying to Import Mailboxes from the folder where these backed up .mboxes live, I get "Error. No valid mbox files were found."


Then, I put these backed-up .mbox files back in the Library folder where they were before re-install. The folders appear when re-launching Mail - but theyre empty...





OS 10.5.8 | Mail 3.6 (936)

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
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