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How can missing Mac Mail emails be retrieved, after they disappeared when deleting an old email account

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After changing broadband provider, a new Mac Mail email account was created with the revised settings and the email account with the old incorrect settings removed.

Unfortunately since then the user can only now see a blank set of email folders. Where is the previous email folder located, with all the required emails and how can these be retrieved.

Please provide step by step instructions.
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What email client software are you using?
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I believe it is the basic 'Mac Mail' application rather than MS Entourage. Please let me know if this doesn't make sense and I will try and obtain more specific information, as we do not normally support Mac's!
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MacMail is also a web based email site...so clarification is needed.  What MAC OS version?
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The Mac OS is V10 48 and the Mac Mail Version is 2.11 ( 752.3 )
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search the drive using the original USERNAME, perhaps a folder was created which holds the mail to that account.
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The actual computer user name remains unchanged; however does Mac Mail store each email account under a new profile name? If so where are these 'profile names' normally located?
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Alternatively what file extension does Mac Mail use? With this information we could search the disk for Mac Mail email file types and presumably locate both the old and new email data files, or does this PC technique not apply to Mac's ??
If this is possible, how can we then import the old email data files into Mac Mail ??
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have you done a search yet?
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You could try downloading a different mail client Mozilla Thunderbird or Netscape and then seeing if when it asks you to import mail settings, it imports the missing messages. If it does, you can then perhaps re-export them to mail.app.
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OK ...
First .. if you look in your Mail Data folder ... which is located in /User/{yourusername}/Library/Mail .. in there you'll see all the folders and settings for your Mac Mail.

Look and see is there a folder named after your OLD email address (fingers crossed) ... if so then you can import the mailbox back into Mac Mail .. as follows

** First make sure Mail is closed and Duplicate the /Library/Mail folder in your user folder in case you need to restore it later .. (better safe than sorry!!)

1. Then Open Mac Mail, go to the File Menu and pick Import Mailboxes
2. Then select Other ...
3. Browse to your ~/Library/Mail folder and select the MBOX files that you wish to import ..
4. If they all copy across then you can move them by dragging them back to your inbox ..


Good Luck
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cool. thank you!
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