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Mail and On My Mac folders

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Mar 19, 2010 2:33 AM
Hello Everyone, this happened to a colleague of mine and I dont want it to do the same to me but I need to carry out the same task. I only have one IMAP mail account in mac mail, the task is to delete this account and reset it up using the new server + settings. when my colleague deleted his account, it also deleted all his "On My Mac" folders and therefore all his saved emails.

Is there a way a can disassociate the "On My Mac" folders from the IMAP account so they stay where they are when I delete the account or do I have to go through and save them all to a separate folder to reintegrate them when the new account is set up?
Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Toocool4 Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)
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    Mar 19, 2010 2:55 AM (in response to Family Reynolds)
    You can always go into your user profile Library Mail and copy out the folders of the mail that’s on your Mac ignoring the IMAP folder.

    Once you have done that you can then delete and re-create the account. Once all that is done put the folders you copied out back in the mail folder, then you need to delete the Envelope Index file in the mail folder. By deleting the Envelope Index file mail will be forced to re-index all your mail again on the first time you open mail.
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  • Anton Marcelline Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Mar 19, 2010 2:56 AM (in response to Family Reynolds)
    If your account is IMAP then your email folders (ie Inbox, Sent) should be stored on your mail server and not locally within folders in the "On My Mac" section. "On My Mac" folders should on store email if a POP account has been setup. Are you sure that your friends account was not setup as POP?
    iMac 24" - 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Anton Marcelline Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Mar 19, 2010 3:58 AM (in response to Family Reynolds)
    So are you manually moving email say from the Inbox on the IMAP account to the Inbox in "On My Mac"?

    Also if you are concerned about losing email then you could always duplicate you "Mail" folder located in Mac HD/Users/[your login name]/Library/.
    iMac 24" - 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Anton Marcelline Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Mar 19, 2010 5:18 AM (in response to Family Reynolds)
    Deleting the IMAP account should not delete email stored within "On My Mac" but to be safe I would backup your "Mail" folder as a precaution.

    The path to your "Mail" folder is...

    Mac HD/Users/[your login name]/Library/
    iMac 24" - 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.2)

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