5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 25, 2009 1:27 AM by Pim Versteeg
Pim Versteeg Level 1 (15 points)
Hi all,

Is there an easy way to transfer mailboxes stored under the tab "on my Mac" in Apple Mail to a new Mac?

Thank you

Message was edited by: Pim Versteeg

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  • Matt Clifton Level 7 (29,850 points)
    Why not use the Migration Assistant to automatically transfer everything from your old Mac to the new one?

  • Pim Versteeg Level 1 (15 points)
    didn't want to do it since I was struggling with the mail app on my old mac, didn't want to run the risk to migrate those issues as well

  • Matt Clifton Level 7 (29,850 points)
    Fair enough. Well, yes, you can drag those folder(s) out onto your Desktop to export them from Mail, then copy them across to the other Mac and use Mail's File - Import Mailboxes menu to pull them back in.

  • Pim Versteeg Level 1 (15 points)
    Brilliant Matt, many thanks , will try that tonight and let you know.

    Appreciate your speedy help

  • Pim Versteeg Level 1 (15 points)
    for further referencen, it was a bit more cumbersome than described;

    first of all a straight drag-and-drop to the desktop didn't work;
    next; archiving the mailboxes and re-importing them on the new mac made Mail crash over and over again.
    lastly what seems to work: connecting your new mac to your old over the network, ask mail on the new machine to import mail boxes from a different copy of Mail, point it to the library/mail/mailboxes directory on your old mac;

    imported mailboxes will show up under "on my mac/import"

    Matt hanks for the pointers