View Full Version : Dragging Multiple Mail Messages to a Folder in Finder

11th December 2010, 08:50 AM
Hey all,

Just a quick one.

I am looking at cleaning up my Mail and I want to start moving correspondence from clients into their respective folders on my NAS. Trouble is I can only do one at a time! Mail will not let me drag more than one message to a folder. What is with that???

Is there a script or a utility that will let me do this?

Reason for doing this is to clear up my mail file, but also make it easy to find old data when we need it.

Any help would be appreciated.


11th December 2010, 09:01 AM
Use the Archive feature instead. Highlight a folder and then choose Mailbox > Archive Mailbox. A window will appear asking for you to choose a location to save the archive.

11th December 2010, 09:56 AM
All well and good, but it just puts it in an Mbox file, and is not searchable.

That will not solve my problem unfortunately. :(

11th December 2010, 09:58 AM
Why do you want them on a NAS rather than in Mail and backed up? Emails are designed to be stored in their application database.

11th December 2010, 10:20 AM
Dude... my mail file is getting WAY to large. We are talking GBs of mail Somewhere near 10GB.

PLUS... for Audit purposes, I need to put all of the correspondence to my and from my clients into their respective folders on the NAS, and yes, the NAS is also backed up off site to a DR.

11th December 2010, 10:34 AM
With Gbs of mail would these be attachments?

If so then just save the attachment to the NAS with a link to it?

No audit process can demand something thats not possible - change your process which you're auditted against.

11th December 2010, 10:39 AM
Saving the attachment is all well and good. But I need the conversation within the email with it.

I can not change the Audit process mate - I don't make the rules for that. They tell me what I need to do to comply, and I have to do it.

11th December 2010, 11:13 AM
In that case, you've probably gone beyond what the standard OS X tools make available to you.

Perhaps something in one of these links will help:

MailSteward (http://www.mailsteward.com/)


mac os x archive email for audit purposes - Google Search (http://www.google.com.au/search?q=mac+os+x+archive+email+for+audit+purposes )

11th December 2010, 11:51 AM
Yep - That is what I figured. I am just downloading PostBox now to give that a whirl!!

Might be as simple as importing everything in, and then away we go!


11th December 2010, 12:03 PM
It looks like PostBox does exactly what I need.

Looks like I will be changing mail clients. Oh well... something new to learn! :)