I had some messages stored in my Junk mailbox: bounce messages from mail servers "no such account" and the like. I wanted to contact the bounced people by telephone. However, the bounced messages have been "erased" due to the following settings:
Mail > Preferences > Accounts > Special Mailboxes:
Erase messages in the junk mailbox when:
One week old
(x) Move deleted messages to a separate folder
Erase deleted messages when:
One week old
Mail version: 1.3.11 (v622/624)
OS X 10.3.9
Is there anyway to recover these "erased" junk and subsequently "erased" trash messages?
Moving forward, I can fiddle with these settings - or move the messages out of the junk mailbox to process at a later date. All well and good. However, is there any way to recover these "erased" messages?
Thanks in advance!
OK; IF you do regular back ups you may be able to: clone your current system (SuperDuper), then set the computers clock back to the date of the last back-up, restore to that back-up, recover your junk mail, Reset the date & time and restore the original.
Is it worth it? Probably not.
BTW: Junk boxes and trash bins should not be used as interim storage. Create a folder for those needs. I created a "PreTrash" for files I wish to review before I delete them.
One further comment resetting the clock in OSX is always a very bad idea. If someone else can think of a way to change the "delete after one week" setting before you open the mail application I would go that route instead.