8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2013 9:23 AM by Linc Davis
burtfromin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I recently restored a corrupted drive. I can no longer access my time-machine backups from my backup drive dated prior to the restoration. Files are still in backup folder. I need to restore my email files. Where are they located and can I restore just the email folder?


Mac Pro (Early 2009), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Where are emails stored on Mac?
  • 1. Re: Time Machine file restore
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    Open Time Machine and restore ~/Library/Mail

     

    Allan

  • 2. Re: Time Machine file restore
    burtfromin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Allan for your reply. Problem is I can't access the files in my backup folder that are dated earlier than the date I restored my drive. The files are in my backup folder, but for some reason time-machine will only access the backup files I have created from the restored drive.

  • 3. Re: Time Machine file restore
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    Maybe you need to provide more details on how you restored the corrupted drive.

     

    Allan

  • 5. Re: Time Machine file restore
    burtfromin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Alan,

    Thanks for your assistance. I have a OWC Accelsior PCIe SSD drive installed as my boot drive. I received a driver update which I installed. That corrupted the file system on the SSD drive and I was no longer able to boot from that drive. I contacted OWC tech support and they gave me instructions on restoring the drive, using Appple restore, which did not work because I could not get to the appropriate backup drive (a remote OWC Mercurt Elite AL Pro Qx2 NAS Box). So I reformatted the SSD and reinstalled Mountain Lion OSX and then proceeded to re-install my programs. Took about 10 hours, but everything is working fine again, except I do not have copies of my emails from the date I originally installed the SSD to when it crashed. I do however appear to have the backup files on the NAS, but when I run Time-machine, it only lists the files I have backed up since re-creating the SSD. There must be a way to access the files so I can retrieve my emails.

    Thanks Again,

    Burt

  • 6. Re: Time Machine file restore
    burtfromin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Link, thanks for the reply. I can now see my old backups in Time Machine. Now that I can see them, I cannot get to the mail folder which I understand is in /Library/mail/v2 folder. It is a hidden folder. How do I make the folder visible so I can restore it?

     

    Many thanks for your help!

    Burt

  • 7. Re: Time Machine file restore
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,005 points)

    Triple-click the line below to select it, then copy (command-C) the text to the Clipboard:

    ~/Library/Mail

    In the Finder, select

    Go Go to Folder

    from the menu bar, paste (command-V) into the box that opens, and press return. A window may open with an item selected. If it does, enter Time Machine and restore the selected item. Your Mail database will be completely replaced by the backup.

  • 8. Re: Time Machine file restore
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,005 points)

    I just realized the above answer won't work in your situation. What you need to do instead is enter Time Machine and press the key combination shift-command-G. That opens a text box into which you can enter the full path to an item you want to restore. In your case, that will be something like the following:

     

    /Volumes/Volume Name/Users/you/Library/Mail

     

    where "Volume Name" is the name of the disk from which you want to restore data, and "you" is your short user name.