Being the technical dude of the family I'm confronted with the following problem:
An iPhone 3GS with iOS 3.1.2, the owner has a lot of old email messages stored on the device but has lost access to the original email server. Other copies of these messages were safely stored on a laptop but the hard disk died.
Forwarding each message manually from the device is not an option given the amount of work involved (about 2000 messages).
I'm fairly technical but without any experience with Macs or iPhones. Reading around a bit I learned the following:
There's no straightforward way to backup email messages (you can backup email account settings but not the actual content).
There's no way to mark all messages on the device and move them to an IMAP folder so they would sync up to a new mail server.
Messages are stored in a SQLite database file on the device. You cannot access this file and move it to your PC or mail it to yourself unless you jailbreak and unlock the device.
First of all, am I wrong and there is some magical way or utility to transfer messages from the device to a PC? Assuming there isn't, can someone point me to the right jailbreak and unlocking procedures that will not delete all data from the device and allow me to get that SQLite store safely?
I'd love to learn if it's possible to read these databases and make a backup of my Mail by accessing the backup files or the files directly on the device.
Is this possible?