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Join Date: Dec 2009
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Backup emails from CentOS WHM/CPanel


I have a very large mails in my email account and my hosting account is running out of space. I want to know what is the best way to backup all the emails? What do you recommend thanks!

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Use something like thunderbird client or outlook to download yourself a local copy as a backup, then wipe the old ones you dont want anymore from your server?

Junior Guru
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: New Mexico - USA
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You can also use the cpanel backup feature, it backups the home directory witch has the mail folder.

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Join Date: Aug 2002
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You can use the cPanel Backup Wizard to do a full backup of your site and email, but it would be a good idea to download it to your local computer and extract the contents to see if the mail is actually being backed up.

Recently we had migrated a customer from SiteGround (cpanel host) and they had edited the cPanel config so it did not backup the mail. We had to manually move the mail folders to our server.

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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: India
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If the main disk consumption is from mail. It would be best to pop the mails using a mail client like Thunderbird by disabling the option " leave a copy of mail in server". The main disadvantage is if for some reason your local machine get attacked by any of the virus you may loose the entire mail.

So it would be best to schedule a backup generation of account files + email periodically( say weekly) and then download the compressed backup file locally and schedule a cron job to clear all mails which are older than a specific time period.


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