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Time machine ate my stuff.... well... not really...
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bishopazrael
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Oct 29, 2008, 01:31 AM
 
But I wiped my drive tonight after doing a backup. I set up mail with my first email account, my .me account, then go into time machine, and lo and behold... nothing to restore to. What am I doing wrong? I even used the same user name and everything.

So... 2 questions.
1. Can I get time machine to do what I want it to do which is to give me back my email using time machine?

2. Failing that, what folders can I copy out of the back up because I know its just folders...not an application type of document backup. What folders do I need to copy back to my hdd to get my mailbox like it was 2 minutes before I wiped my drive?

Thanks,
Jason
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Oct 29, 2008, 05:44 AM
 
~/Library/Mail
~/Library/Mail Downloads
~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist
~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.searchhistory.plist
     
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Oct 29, 2008, 05:45 AM
 
Also:

~/Library/Application Support/Mail for the stationery templates if you've installed any third party ones.
     
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Oct 29, 2008, 06:02 AM
 
If you would have used Migration Assistant, you could have restored your whole user directory at once.
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Oct 29, 2008, 10:00 AM
 
Firstly thank you guys for the tips... I'll be doing that today. Second... Oreo... I passed on doing the migration assistant or the other option of restoring from a time machine backup because I wanted to avoid importing my whole library. I had been playing around with so many different plugins... I just needed a fresh start. I had been hoping that if I just gave myself a new account on a new install with the same user name that it would just work. I guess it didn't.

But please tell me Oreo, because now I'm curious... after I've done a fresh install, what's the difference in the setup between using migration assistant and restore from time machine.

Thanks again guys, I've got a busy morning ahead of me.
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Oct 29, 2008, 11:04 AM
 
and what of the address book? Is it pretty much the same?
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