02-01-2017, 01:46 PM #1
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Externally storing emails that Finder can locate individually
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Sorry, this is a bit long winded: I run Mavericks (still) on my Macbook Air and use Mail IMAP emailing. I’m trying to free up some space by storing old emails (grouped into mailboxes titled, say, 'Aug-Dec2013’ etc) on an external drive so that Finder can still find emails simply using a key word. In the past this has worked brilliantly, with emails automatically stored externally as .emlx files. Given a key word Finder can track down an individual (.emlx) mail file which, by double clicking, is instantly openable and readable, including any attachments. Now, when I try and export a mailbox to the external drive the ‘Export all subfolders’ button is greyed out so I can’t check it. All that appears on the external drive is an ‘Imports’ folder holding an .mbox with three subfiles called ‘Info.plist', ‘mbox' and ‘table_of_contents’. No .emlx files. Finder now can’t locate individual emails using a key word as before (I presume it can’t read text within mboxes?). I don’t want to import the whole .mbox back to my laptop whenever I need to locate a specific email externally stored. Any ideas, folks?
- 02-01-2017, 07:20 PM #2
I'm not sure and I'm really not sure what you mean by "Given a key word Finder can track down an individual (.emlx) mail file …"
Are you using the Finder or Spotlight, and if the latter, is the volume where the archived emails being stored being indexed???
But it sounds like you've got more troubles than that so I can't really help you it seems. Sorry.
I would have thought some guru would have posted some suggestions by now.
02-01-2017, 07:50 PM #3
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02-01-2017, 09:39 PM #4
As I re-read this, are you sure you're just selecting the appropriate mailbox to export, i.e. those: "(grouped into mailboxes titled, say, 'Aug-Dec2013’ etc)"
I can't see why that wouldn't work as long as the mail box only contains email messages within those dates, to simplify later searches.
Are you sure the external drive has the proper permissions set or set to ignore via Get Info on the volume.
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