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Narrowing down the variables for restoring individual emails


appleseed
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Have noticed recently the some Macs can no longer restore individual emails and contacts via 'Enter TimeMachine'. Trying to triangulate what combination of things leads to this downgrade in features..
 
There seems to be several variables that could impact things: MacOS version, TimeMachine to direct attach vs. network destination, APFS vs. HFS+ format on the backup drive and whether the drive was adopted from a previous Mac or started fresh.
 
My local observations say (with "YES" meaning CAN restore individual emails):
Big Sur + direct attach + APFS + fresh = YES
Big Sur + direct attach + HFS + adopted = NO
Monterey + network attach + sparsebundle on APFS + fresh = NO
Monterey + network attach + sparsebundle on HFS + fresh = NO

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JimMeiss
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I can confirm that restore of individual messages does work in Mojave (10.14.6) with direct attached storage in HFS format.

I haven't tried other cases....


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appleseed
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I haven't received much feedback (I submitted this question on a couple other forums without much luck), but my general observations are:

Mojave - still works

Catalina & Big Sur - may or may not work

Monterey - definitely can't retrieve

So narrowing down the question a bit: What the variables on a Catalina or Big Sur machine that determine if individual emails can be restored from TimeMachine?


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