3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 27, 2012 2:17 PM by BDAqua
ArmandoWyo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Mail downloaded 5000 duplicates while I slept! Woke up iMac this morning and I have 5000 duplicate messages in my several personal and work mailboxes. How did it happen? And how do I get ride of the duplicates - other than going through them and deleting by hand?

Still in shock. Help very appreciated.


iMac Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.8), MB Air (10.6.5)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,045 points)

    Hi Armando,


    No idea why it did, but there's a script here to remove duplicates near the end by tedw...



  • ArmandoWyo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, I will try it, and let you know.

    Still need to stop duplicates. 2 copies of every email continue.


  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,045 points)

    I think there's a corrupted file.


    Could be many things, we should start with this...


    "Try Disk Utility


    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

    2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

    *Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*

    3. Click the First Aid tab.

    4. Select your Mac OS X volume.

    5. Click Repair Disk, (not Repair Permissions). Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."




    Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.


    (Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)


    If perchance you can't find your install Disc, at least try it from the Safe Boot part onward.


    I'd look in that Mail account in the Finder for a file like this...


    /Users/Your UserName/Library/Mail/POP-****@mail.isp.net/MessageUidsAlreadyDownloaded2