Retrieving lost mail message from a time machine backup

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Hi all. i'm using a free agent three tb drive, and as I was sending an email I forwarded, I got the address wrong. Clicking, Dont' save, thinking that would just delete what i started, I thought all was fine until i went to try again. I've lost the email. Iknow it's on the backup, I just don't know how to get in there. I can go in to the mail folders but not far enough down I think. If anyone can help I'd love it. Thanks. Annoyed, Siobhan P.s. I saved ths int he drafts folder originally. Thanks again.



Submitted by Siobhan on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hi all. First, I've now figured out there's a timeline, where you can go back. Unfortunately Its incredibly a pain in my butt, because I can't acess it at all. No menu bar, no keyboard shortcuts, and opening mail then entering time machine, puts me at the desktop. Again if someone knows anything please let me know. And thanks for the admin who put this post up. If i was a bit snippy, I appologize, I got that spam eeor, right after this happened. Ah the Irish anger. :) Thanks.

the time line is pretty usable. just interact with the splitter or hit the next and pref buttons. it will not how ever help you restore your stuff as the mail is stored in a data base. I'm not sure if everything is an message or not as I have never had to retrieve anything as all of my stuff is done server side. my mail just synchs. Good luck and hope you can get some better advice.

Hi. I didmanage to play with the splitter and select a backup, but I don't know how to open it, to get down to where I want to restore. If I select a backup it says restore dimmed. obviously I don't want to do that. This is just making me crazy because I'm almost positive the messages are backed up on the drive. Thanks so much for the help.