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    Thumbs down How to backup Mail and Contacts?
    Hi

    I want to do a regular backup of my Mail which will include all my mail folders and any emails in those folders. How can this be done?

    I also want to backup my Address Book contacts, how is this done?

    Please give me step-by-step guide as I'm still learning where everything is on my iMac.

    thanks

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    The only way that I've found is to use time machine with my external hard drive.

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    Mail - all you should have to do is copy the ~/Library/Mail folder (the ~ is your home directory). You will also have to save the ~/Library/Preferences com.apple.mail.plist file. When you go to restore, just copy the Mail folder back to the ~/Library directory and place the plist file in ~/Library/Preferences.


    For Address book - From the Address Book app, select File, then Export, then Address Book Archive. When prompted, tell it the name and path to save the file.

    For more info - http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301239 tells you how to back-up all your important "stuff"

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    Thank you, that's great info

    Quote Originally Posted by bubba View Post
    Mail - all you should have to do is copy the ~/Library/Mail folder (the ~ is your home directory). You will also have to save the ~/Library/Preferences com.apple.mail.plist file. When you go to restore, just copy the Mail folder back to the ~/Library directory and place the plist file in ~/Library/Preferences.


    For Address book - From the Address Book app, select File, then Export, then Address Book Archive. When prompted, tell it the name and path to save the file.

    For more info - http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301239 tells you how to back-up all your important "stuff"

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    If you're using IMAP mail accounts the mail is kept on the mail server so you should not have to back it up at all.

    You an also use a product called Mozy. It will back up Address Book and more onto their encrypted servers. They give you 2GB of space for free. Here's a little guide to get you started with Mozy: http://applemachq.com/2008/02/14/mak...asy-with-mozy/
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