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Hector I Macedo
I got a new iMac and need to get some of my old emails and mailboxes that are stored in a backup hard drive, I don't want to use Migration Assistant because some of the settings in the old computer were corrupted and I wanted a clean slate in this one.
\Where are the mailboxes stored? and would it be just a straight forward copy? or a different operation would be necessary?

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Hector Macedo
Dallas TX 75248
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Re: Mail archives?

Neil Laubenthal
The mailboxes are in ~/Library/Mail. I would go on the old Mac and export the various mailboxes; then import them into the new iMac. You'll have to recreate the accounts to match if you don't' want to use Migration Assistant.

On Sep 28, 2011, at 4:59 PM, Hector I Macedo wrote:

> I got a new iMac and need to get some of my old emails and mailboxes that are stored in a backup hard drive, I don't want to use Migration Assistant because some of the settings in the old computer were corrupted and I wanted a clean slate in this one.


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Re: Mail archives?

Dan O'Donnell
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> From: "Hector I Macedo" <[hidden email]>
> Subject: Mail archives?
>
> I got a new iMac and need to get some of my old emails and mailboxes
> that are stored in a backup hard drive, I don't want to use
> Migration Assistant because some of the settings in the old computer
> were corrupted and I wanted a clean slate in this one.
> \Where are the mailboxes stored? and would it be just a straight
> forward copy? or a different operation would be necessary?

It's better to get everything from the old machine and then choose what you want to use. You can then have the old email but avoid the preferences.

Migration Assistant will create a new account with the same name on the new machine as the old account on the old machine. You should make an admin account on the new machine that has a name that won't interfere with the other name.

Import the old account into the new machine. From the other account, go into System Preferences > Accounts and delete the just-imported account so that it is archived as a .dmg. (Do NOT delete immediately.) The disk image will be stored in /Users/Shared/Deleted Users

Now you can create another new account with the name that you want. This may likely be the same name as the account you just deleted, but the name will be freed up for reuse.

The disk image with the deleted account should probably be moved into your new main account. When you open the disk image all the files will be in place, so you can go into Library/Mail and copy the Mail folder into its proper location in the new account. (Don't start Mail before you do this.) You can also copy any other files you need - and of course you'll have all the preferences files, both good and bad, that can be transferred into the new account.

Note that this will copy the files from the disk image and not delete them, so the disk image is a good backup of your home directory on the old machine. Also, the disk image will be accessible to anybody with an account on the machine, so you might want to secure it in your preferred method.
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