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    Mac Mail: Help Restoring Emails From Time Machine.
    I don't know what happened but one second I'm reading my new emails, I start surfing some website then return to my mail and everything is GONE. I thought the app crashed so I closed it and opened it back. I logon to my Gmail webmail and that inbox is empty as well. I have 5 email accounts, the folders are still there but the inbox is empty. I went to the deleted/trash folder and it only has a portion of my emails.

    I figured since I use Time Machine I can just restore the mail app files. I restored User>Library>Mail as well as User>Library>Preferences>com.apple.mail.plist.
    I thought this was going to work, all the messages were there but once they connected to the server, it deleted the messages.

    I'm not sure what to do next. I've tried searching but came seem to come up with anything like this. Any help is appreciated.

    In Gmail, I can click on "All Mail" and see about 1400 messages

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    1 Gmail account
    1 Comcast pop3 account
    1 Me.com account
    2 Personal domain pop3 email accounts.

    iMac
    OSX 10.7.2
    2TB Time Capsule (latest back up was about 2 hours ago.)

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    I may or may not have fixed it.

    While Mail.app was opened, I loaded Time Machine.
    Went to the most recent backup, selected one of the inbox folders and restored it.
    It showed up in the mail.app as ON MY MAC>Time Machine>INBOX.
    I then selected all of the messages and moved them to the appropriate Inbox.
    It's transferring the messages and in the mean time I checked the webmail and the messages are there.

    Now I just have to try this with the other 4.

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    You fixed it before anyone could follow up!

    Thanks for posting, glad to hear it's working out.

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