I have probably 100,000 emails in Mail. It seems a little clunky when dealing with some folders because they’re just huge. And some of these emails are 15+ years old, but I’d like to have (most of) them around for archival purposes.
I’d like these to live somewhere other than my IMAP account, and I’d like robust backups of both these and current emails.
(a) For backup, can I just back up the entire mail directory so I have a copy of the .emlx files? I would assume I could always restore those to an “On My Mac” folder if necessary?
(b) For better long-term archiving, does anybody use the “files in folders” method? If so, do you do creative naming and such to make them easier to find (i.e. “2018-01-05 - Sender - Subject”)?
© For anybody using DEVONthink, do you find it to be a very robust program? Can everything be exported quickly if I just wanted to dump my data and go?
Any advice is, as always, greatly appreciated!