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Folder missing from apple mail
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Aug 31, 2016, 01:47 PM
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?
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Sep 2, 2016, 03:48 PM
I'v always found apple mail works OK with TM. Sure it;s slow but hey, it's navigating a complex mess of file links (TM) to find a complex mess of databased files (your mail message). I know it only restores to a recovered mail folder, but it's never failed me in retrieving available info.

You can manually navigate the time machine backups via the finder. Once you find the right time frame you can go to the user folder and use the finders Go To dropdown to open the Library folder and manually drag mbox files from the mail folder. Again a chore but if the folder is there you should find it. Individual mails are much harder to recover via the finder, better use the full TM interface.
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Sep 2, 2016, 06:08 PM
Thanks Doc, actually Fastmail had a super easy restore feature so I found the folder, but for the future, what is the navagation to my folders in the finder?
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