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Authored by: ptwithy on Dec 29, '09 03:59:50PM

I purposely use the Labs feature to _not_ show my All Mail as an IMAP folder. I don't want to have Apple Mail try to sync to every message I have ever received on GMail. That would be a good way to fill up my hard drive. But I also want to make it easy for me to review mail that I have recently 'deleted', from any of my mail viewers (Apple Mail, iPhone, etc.)

So here's what I do: I create a label in GMail called 'IMAP/Deleted', which will show up as a subfolder Deleted in the folder IMAP in Apple Mail. I use that folder as my Trash folder, and tell Apple Mail to move deleted messages to that folder, store them on the server, and remove messages older than a week. The effect in Gmail is that deleting a message removes the label 'Inbox' and adds the label 'IMAP/Deleted'. I can easily see any mail that I deleted in the past week by looking in that folder. After a week, Apple Mail will remove them from that folder, which in GMail simply removes the 'IMAP/Deleted' label -- but it will still be in 'All Mail', so if I _still_ need to find it, I can use the GMail web interface to pull it up.

As to _really_ deleting a message? If it's not junk, I just don't bother. At the current price of GMail storage, there's no need to. And, since I don't sync to my All Mail folder, I don't have to worry about filling up my hard drive will archived mail. That's Google's problem (but they apparently _want_ all my email, to help them show me more pertinent advertisements, so I don't feel bad about taking advantage of them...)

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Authored by: everkleer80 on Dec 30, '09 09:01:57AM

Interesting idea... I haven't (yet) noticed a problem with my hard drive getting filled, but I kind of hate going to that huge All Mail folder and trying to find the email I deleted/archived last night.

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A little exaggeration
Authored by: ptwithy on Dec 30, '09 09:34:54AM

Yeah, I don't really think my email will fill up my hard drive -- there's only about 3Gb at gmail so far, and hard drives just keep getting bigger. But I'd rather devote that space to more important stuff. So far, being able to only get to the All Mail folder via the web interface has not been a problem. And actually, any time I am doing a lot of searching, I usually use the web interface -- it seems much faster than searching my local copies.

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Running out of space with
Authored by: scooby509 on Dec 30, '09 05:02:51PM

A 1TB drive is around $100, so you should really consider upgrading.

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