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I have installed a new HDD on my Macbook Pro. I can't reinstall OS from the Time Machine Backup, it reports an error, and asks me to run the install again. It is the same every time I try. I have now used Migration Assistant to install Maverick from Time Machine, and it went well, except all of my mailboxes in Apple Mail seems to be empty.

My 3 email accounts are pop-type.

I've tried to delete /library/mail/V2 and all it's content, and copied V2 from the Time Machine Backup to the Mac's Mail folder. I've deleted *mail* in Library/Cashes, and in libary/preferences, but all mailboxes still seems to be empty? I know they are not, V2 is over 2 GB.
What can I do?
 

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Try this method of restoring your mail:

Open your Mail application on your MacBook Pro and leave it open. Now with your Time Machine external backup drive attached, enter Time Machine. Go to the latest date that your backups show (should be in pink on the right side) and select it. Time Machine should open in Mail. Click restore. It should restore to the default location.
 
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You need to install an operating system on the new hard drive. Boot and hit Command + R and go into Recovery and download a new version of Mavericks, unless you burned a copy to a USB thumb drive first time around. Update and then with external connected use Migration Assistant to bring everything over.

If you have Mavericks on the thumb drive, connect, boot and hold down'C' and format the drive and do a clean install that way.
 
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You need to install an operating system on the new hard drive. Boot and hit Command + R and go into Recovery and download a new version of Mavericks, unless you burned a copy to a USB thumb drive first time around. Update and then with external connected use Migration Assistant to bring everything over.

If you have Mavericks on the thumb drive, connect, boot and hold down'C' and format the drive and do a clean install that way.

I've misinformed. I've already installed Maverick by the way You suggested. Problems with mail migration was still there. Now I've imported it all, with all the problems who followed. A couple of days work, but now it is done, and I'm satisfied. Thank you for your time.
 
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Try this method of restoring your mail:

Open your Mail application on your MacBook Pro and leave it open. Now with your Time Machine external backup drive attached, enter Time Machine. Go to the latest date that your backups show (should be in pink on the right side) and select it. Time Machine should open in Mail. Click restore. It should restore to the default location.

I couldn't restore all the Mailbox with all it's content, and all the accounts. So I reinstalled Maverick and imported the mail-backup into the newly installed. It gave a problem with dates in hundreds of mails, but now it's done, and I'm running Apple Mail again. Thanks for your time.
 

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