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Old Oct 19th, 2011, 05:38 PM   #1
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Apple Mail on Clean Install

There seems to be various ways to import or bring over your Mail (Mailboxes) into a new OSX system.
Apple suggests using the "Import Mailboxes" method, as seen here:
Mail Help (OS X Lion): Importing email into Mail
Others say it's just fine to copy over your entire Mail folder along with your preference file.
I'd like to know what the "best" way is. I've done the straight folder copy and that seems to work, as far as I can tell.
Any links you can share in this quest for the best way to import Mail?
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Old Oct 20th, 2011, 05:56 AM   #2
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And the reason you seem to believe that the *company that built the computer you're using and designed the operating system you're using*'s method is NOT "the best" is ...
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Old Oct 20th, 2011, 07:07 AM   #3
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Actually, I followed those instructions from Apple last night and all my mailboxes which I imported were labelled as residing on my external drive volume. I couldn't even see any messages. Rather than messing with Mail, I wiped the drive and started over. No big deal. This time, I just copied over the entire Mail folder and the press file. All is well.
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Old Oct 21st, 2011, 02:27 AM   #4
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Actually, and to be quite blunt, Apple's mail so called email "import" sucks and sucks BIG TIME!!!

If and when it even works with even its own recent users Mail email import, the user is often left with ALL their email shown as unread, and no indication of any replies etc. and often any email attachments that are shown as listed but not existent or available, and often when opening such listed emails the resulting view or window is completely devoid of any text etc.

Apple really needs to address this issue at least with their own application, and any other Mail imports from other listed email "imports" (and I use their import term rather loosely as to be actually useful) and get it working properly.

Even in it's later versions, it's so called import function is almost user useless and pathetic at best.
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Old Oct 21st, 2011, 10:49 AM   #5
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Actually, I followed those instructions from Apple last night and all my mailboxes which I imported were labelled as residing on my external drive volume. I couldn't even see any messages. Rather than messing with Mail, I wiped the drive and started over. No big deal. This time, I just copied over the entire Mail folder and the press file. All is well.
I'll probably be doing this same thing this weekend.

Are you talking about the Mail folder in the application itself or is it somewhere in Library?
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Old Oct 21st, 2011, 11:42 AM   #6
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Go to your Home Folder-Libary. You'll find your Mail folder right there that you'll need.
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Old Oct 21st, 2011, 03:26 PM   #7
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Go to your Home Folder-Libary. You'll find your Mail folder right there that you'll need.
Thanks. Actually it took me awhile to find the Username~Library...it's hidden in Lion apparently.

So you just did a copy and paste of the Mailbox folder?
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Old Oct 21st, 2011, 03:38 PM   #8
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Sorry. I should have mentioned that, too see the Library folder in Lion you'd have to type this in the Terminal:
chflags nohidden ~/Library/

As far as the Mail folder goes, just drag it over into your new Library folder (that's if it's from one drive to another).
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Old Oct 21st, 2011, 06:22 PM   #9
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Does anyone know if something like ChronoSync (which I have) can reliably sync over the entire Mail folder from one volume to another? Or will there be files (hidden?) that won't sync?
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Old Oct 21st, 2011, 07:15 PM   #10
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I just moved from SL to Lion last weekend and asked at the Apple store for suggestions. They suggested to export the address book and the mailbox (mbox) then import them which worked just fine.
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