Reinstalling Apple Mail with old folder contents How?

Jan 10, 2016 3:41AM PST

I have a 2009 MBPro running OS10.9.5. I had to restore the system and all files which I did from a copy made automatically by TimeMachine, after the Apple genius had put in a clean basic system again for me, once everything had been wiped clean.
I then as advised threw across the additional files from the TM copy I would need.
My problem is, when I copied the Apple Mail program back from the Applications on the storage disk copy by TM, it did not reproduce the old mail folders and I just don't know where to find them. TM must have copied them somewhere, but maybe they are kept invisible by the latest systems?
If you could help me know where i must look for them and how to reinstall those mail folders it would be most useful. The Mail programme I pushed across does work, but it just doesn't seem to have the old folders with it. It just downloads new mail.

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Re: contents
Jan 10, 2016 4:39AM PST
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re your google leads
Jan 10, 2016 5:32AM PST

Thanks, you seem to have turned up some valid stuff there as several articles or posts refer to Mavericks and some posts are as recent as 2015. I'll go through it and see what I can find that helps. And then let you know. Happy Perhaps it will help me find other 'invisible' stuff too!

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Time Machine is not designed to work as you are using it.
Jan 11, 2016 3:44PM PST

Dragging files "from the TM copy on the storage disk copy by TM" is not how the system works.
Once you had your new OS installed on your MBP, your next step would have been to boot it up.
Part of the initialization of the OS for your use is the question; (and I'm paraphrasing here) 'Do you have any data that you wish to copy to this computer from a Time Machine Backup or another computer'
Your answer should have been Yes. You would have been prompted to attach the drive with the TM backup on it, and hit the Go button.
A couple of hours later you would have had a machine with ALL your files, settings, mail, etc. back EXACTLY as it was before the OS install.

What you can try now, to recover from this, is the Migration Assistant which is located in your Applications/Utilities folder.

Another option would be to launch MAIL and then Time Machine, NOT the preferences, and enter Time Machine.
Choose a date from the right side of the screen and you will be able to recover your mailboxes, as they existed on that date, and get back to normal.

Let us know how you get on


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The above would have replaced the wife's account
Jan 11, 2016 3:48PM PST

and bookmarks too


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Thanks a lot for that useful reply, Mr Mac Fixit.
Jan 12, 2016 2:03AM PST

I think that what happened was that the genius bar told me not to do an automatic restore from TM as it might bring back the problem I had been facing, namely the inability of the MBP to close down properly. I was told to throw across what I needed. So I sat there on a stool in the genius bar and did exactly that for the next two hours or so.
   I had put in the OS previously following instructions from an Apple Care techie, but the net result had been the machine still would not close down and had to be regularly force closed by leaning on the start button. That's why I eventually headed for the genius bar with an appointment.

Although the Apple Care man on the phone had remained sceptical of my theory that the problem could have had something to do with my having both Avira and Sophos on the machine, the genius bar felt it could well have had something to do with it. At any rate what we did at the bar has enabled the mac to close down okay. The bar also told me that it was not really necessary to have Anti-Virus.

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AV is really not necessary, as yet, on a Mac but,
Jan 12, 2016 4:51AM PST

it would filter out any Windows viruses and stop you from passing them on to your less fortunate friends.

Two versions of AV is not really a good idea, even on a PC, as they usually tend to fight each other and have unintended consequences.


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re AV fighting
Jan 13, 2016 12:11AM PST

Yes, I had heard that, but I decided to try it only allowing one of the AV to do surveillance, and using the other merely to do back up checks occasionally. Both had the highest success rating but even that was 96%, so 4% short of complete. I was hoping using two would give highest coverage, if their abilities did not overlap completely, which I felt to be unlikely, one being Brit the other German.
I ran them for 10 months in that way, but found no evidence of the one reporting suspicious activity on the part of the other. But I was on the look out for it, which is why I mentioned it to both the Apple Care man and the Genius.
I got a bit worried about protection needs as a few years back there was a rapid wave of Trojan creation for Macs. About 20 or so. Since then situation seems to have returned to normal. But I feared such Trojans might still lurk somewhere. Actually my efforts turned up a few PC viruses hidden in the framework of web pages I had copied, and a warning about a post or two. But no Mac Trojans.

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