I just saw a note on the David Farber mailing list where Dave mentioned that his Mac OS X mail client crashed, and as a result, he lost a month’s worth of messages. I was a little surprised to see that because my impression of Mail.app was that its database was relatively stable and able to withstand loss due to crashing.
One of the reasons that I switched from Entourage to Mail.app was to prevent this very occurrence. I have a combination of IMAP and POP accounts, feeling a little more secure with IMAP because the server stores my mail (in addition to the copies I keep on my PowerBook and backup weekly).
Since I don’t have any details about David Farber’s crash, I thought I’d broach the subject within our community to see if this type of data loss is more widespread than I had realized.
What’s your experience?