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#41631 - 08/31/16 09:48 AM Folder missing from apple mail
kevs Offline

Registered: 12/07/09
a Folder (or mailbox) vanished from Apple Mail. It would be a perfect time to find in with Time Machine, which I use for the whole computer. Only thing it, Apple Mail, never really seems to work well with Time Machine. You enter TM and you don't see what you get. It's a mess. Anyone know how to retrieve a deleted folder or email from Apple mail with TM?

Edited by dianne (08/31/16 11:33 AM)
Edit Reason: Moved from “Mac OS X Applications.”

#41633 - 08/31/16 12:09 PM Re: Folder missing from apple mail [Re: kevs]
joemikeb Online

Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
If this is an IMAP account and the missing mailbox was an IMAP mailbox, not “On My Mac”, the maibox and messages are stored on the server and are not available to be backed up in Time Machine, which explains why Time Machine may have mixed results at best trying to restore a single IMAP mailbox.

If this is an IMAP account there is an off chance the mailbox was not deleted but has disappeared on Mail mail because somehow it has lost synch, on the Mail menu bar select Mailbox ➭ Synchronize All Accounts and that should restore the missing mailbox. On the other hand if the Mailbox was deleted on your Mac it would normally be deleted on the server as well. In that case your best bet is to contact the account provider’s tech support and see if they can restore the mailbox from their backups.

If the account is a POP account or the missing mailbox was “On My Mac” then you should be able to restore it from Time Machine without difficulty.
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#41638 - 09/02/16 10:14 AM Re: Folder missing from apple mail [Re: kevs]
Ira L Offline

Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
To add to the above, if it were a mailbox on your computer, if you open:
user/Library/Mail/V3/Mailboxes and then open Time Machine, you should be able to find anything from the past.

Note: I'm not sure in the above path if "V3" will be your designation. I have a V2 also, but "Mailboxes" showed up in my V3. Look around.
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