3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2010 7:31 AM by MACarmel
MACarmel Level 1 (0 points)
I had a non mac email account which I had set up in Mail and it was downloading mail normally to my mac. Then I got a mac email account, set it up in mail and began receiving mail on both accounts. Then I closed the non mac account and once it was completely deactivated at the service provider I noticed that it was continually trying to download mail from this source and showing it as offline. To remedy this I went into Mail preferences, account and deleted it. I was expecting all of the several years worth of old mail to still be available in its folder. However it does not appear anywhere. Where would it be and how can I get it to show up in Mail when the account is no longer active? Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Macbookpro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • V.K. Level 9 (56,110 points)
    when you delete an account in Mail preferences it disappears completely along with all of its mailboxes. the data is not retained anywhere on the drive and is deleted immediately. it warns you about it when you delete an account. you should have read the warning. if you don't have a backup then all those emails are gone.

    the only (very slim) chance of getting any of them back would be by using data recovery software like Data rescue 3 or Filesalvage.
  • MACarmel Level 1 (0 points)
    V.K., thank you for that dispiriting news. Unfortunately, maybe hard to believe, but it did not warn me or I would not have deleted it. I did it in preferences under email accounts. Where are the email messages stored? Perhaps I deleted it in an unusual way and I can check to see if they are there? Thank you for your assistance and feedback. MACarmel.
  • MACarmel Level 1 (0 points)
    Still considering if there are some kind of options on this.