Backing up the Mac OS X Mail email folder

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If the user stores their email offline on their local hard drive, it is a good idea to create a backup copy of that email folder. A backup is especially useful if the hard drive crashes, or when the user wants to transfer their email to another computer. This document will discuss how to create a backup of the Mail e-mail folder on the MAC OS X platform.

Locating the email folder

The first step to creating a backup of the e-mail folder is locating it. The default location is in your Home folder, in the Library folder, in the Mail folder. In the figure below, the window has been opened up to the location of the Mail folder.

If your Mail folder is not located here, perform a search on your local hard drive for Mail. Click on Mail in the results to see the path to its location. Navigate to the folder that contains the Mail folder.

Backup Email Folder

The Mail folder is the folder that you need to back up. Place a copy of this folder on external media (CD, floppy disk, zip drive, etc.) or place it on a secure server if you have access to one.


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Article ID: 621
Created: Fri, 04 Aug 2006 12:18am