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Old Oct 22nd, 2016, 10:54 AM   #1
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Crucial Emails FROM Mavericks TO Snow Leopard???-Solved!!!

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Our 2009 iMac HD is dying and I have purchased a SSD drive to replace it. I have plugged a usb HD into my iMac and have ran time machine to backup the computer. Now before I attempt the new drive install I had a few questions I was hoping someone could help me with. Will time machine restore everything? all my emails etc?

Is there a app to save all my email content? I can not lose the email stuff...... thanks in advance!
Jim


**So I updated to lion and the emails imported!!, now the question is should I update again ??? What version is the best for 2009 late model iMac?

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I would suggest the best procedure to ensure you have all of your data is the following:

- mount the SSD in an external USB enclosure
- use Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! to make a clone of your hard drive on the external SSD
- reboot the iMac using the OPTION key and select the SSD. Verify that all is good.
- disassemble the iMac, swap in the SSD and put the internal HD into the external SSD as a backup. Put it in a shoebox

Are you adept at disassembling computers? If not, the iMac can be rather overwhelming. iFixit has excellent guides with photos and step-by-step instructions. Be sure to select the proper guide for your model of iMac.
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hello
Our 2009 iMac HD is dying and I have purchased a SSD drive to replace it. I have plugged a usb HD into my iMac and have ran time machine to backup the computer. Now before I attempt the new drive install I had a few questions I was hoping someone could help me with. Will time machine restore everything? all my emails etc?

Is there a app to save all my email content? I can not lose the email stuff...... thanks in advance!
Jim
Unless you specifically excluded a directory, everything *should* be in time machine, providing there was enough space for a full backup.

You could always send yourself a test email, do a time machine backup, delete the email, and assuming you're using apple mail, bring it to the foreground and open time machine. You should see it and be able to restore it.

Note I've never tried this, so your mileage may vary. But, my time machine shows all of my email from all of my accounts. Then again, I use IMAP so the mail is still on the server, too...
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Old Oct 22nd, 2016, 08:13 PM   #4
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I'd definitely support the comment and even emphasize it:
use Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! to make a clone of your hard drive

Even the unpaid versions will allow that and much more reliable and usable than any Time Machine backup that isn't even bootable. But you can always use both.
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Old Oct 22nd, 2016, 11:25 PM   #5
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So I manged to get the ssd driver working however it is smaller than the time machine drive so I could not do a full restore. So here is the thing.. I re installed the OS and it now has 10.6.8..it runs amazing... I have numerous backups on timemachine however the last one was made with 10.9 or similar. I do not understand how to pull the email accounts and all messages back to this machine from time machine? I have tried to do it manually however, the file structure between the two OS is different? anyone help a newbie.

Ok I am so lost. I opened mail, went to file, import and it appeared to import from my usb. However when I go to say inbox of the import there are no messages? On checking my external drive, all the emails are there! they are there,, just wont import.. I tried the mbox method too. I am wondering if its the OS version?

I also noticed that on my OSX 10.6.8 the file structure is different than on my time machine... time machine mail has library/mail/V2 while the 10.6.8 is different. I read that they changed it in rescent OS.... i am not sure what to do.. the big thing is the wife is so mad at me.

I tired the migration assistant and it says I must upgrade my OS to maverick.. however it is no longer available? I am guessing if I upgraded to Mavericks again it would work? I like Snow leopard though.. its very fast

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Old Oct 23rd, 2016, 02:28 PM   #6
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So I manged to get the sad driver working however …
I dare say, and rather strongly at that, you seem to have a good lack of resources, hardware and knowledge to do what you planned to do and especially if you want to have all your data working. It also seems as if you've painted yourself into a corner so to speak and even going backwards with the OS that some applications won't well with any "updated data". IE: You've got a mess at this point!!

Do yourselves a big favor and get a good professional Mac tech to do the job for you.

Doing so might even save your marriage and end up being a bargain in the process!!!

PS: Migration Assistant has been fully integrated with OS X Lion and later, but it's not really designed or expected to work well if and when doing a "downgrade as you are attempting to do!!

Good luck.

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