Google wipes out Gmail accounts and messages

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    The unthinkable may have happened, it seems some few thousand Gmail users had their inboxes cleared of all messages and their messages, labels, and settings have all been set back to default over night.

    Google has confirmed that there is a problem on the Google Apps dashboard and engineers are busy working on the issue, with the affected accounts disabled.

    The company said it affected less than 0.08 per cent of the Gmail user base. This doesn't sound like a big number, but considering that the Gmail user base is in the millions that still amounts to thousands of people losing their emails.

    Hopefully this has not affected any of our members, but if it has we would like to hear from you and about the solution Google is offering -

    Be sure to check the Status Board for direct Google updates on this issue

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    Ugh. Luckily my account is fine, but at the risk of hyperbole, this is a doomsday scenario for some of us.
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    My account is ok as well.

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    Account's also fine. Would suck if all my stuff was deleted :/
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    My account is fine, but how can one back up their messages? I have saved my contacts but haven't ever seen a way to archive messages.

    Anyone?
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    You back up your messages by archiving them. They get place in your All Mail and you can retrieve them by using labels on your phone or by going to gmail on line.
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    That's not what I mean. All the mail in any folder is saved in gmail. But in this case, of a massive Gmail failure, all of their data is gone. I'd like to know how to download a zip file with all of my messages.
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    Try looking at the "offline" section under settings. This might not be the most ideal but it looks as though it might be a viable option for some.

    PS the other option you have is setting up a backup account somewhere, very redundant but that works also.
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    Led lights

    The latest revision update just finished and after rebooting my notification LEDs are working again.
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    OMG! I lost everything! I was in the middle of corresponding with a Prince in Nigeria!

    I was about to enter into a venture that would change the economic and political face of the entire region! Now I don't have his email address or banking information!

    Google will hear about this!
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    Hit me up via pm I have his address. I'm one of the lucky ones to be working with him too!!!!!


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    oh great, im one of them.
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    there is no out-of-the-box method of easily backing up your gmail messages, but you CAN use a POP3 client to pull a copy of your messages off the server (make sure in your configuration, that you leave a copy on the server, otherwise it will remove the only copy) and that will save them locally to your computer.

    there is no zip or tar/gz export feature in gmail as of yet. the POP3 method would allow you to save full copies of each message in your inbox, along with attachments. depending on what email client you use for this, there may be an export feature that you could use with it.

    contacts are easily backed up in 2 formats, vcard and google csv. i export and keep both for good measure. this is easily done from the gmail web interface under "more actions".

    also, thunderbird IMAP has a feature that enables offline storage, where it backs up all synchronized folders. that's what i use. it is IMAP, so it runs fast and downloads only headers for new messages, but will backup the measure in a restore-able format for the just-in-case scenario once the full message is downloaded/accessed.

    consequently, my gmail was ok ... shwew!

    hope this helps :)
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    Saw this news yesterday..
    Backed up my gmail last night!

    Maybe the cloud is all its cracked up to be..
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    I'm good Google must have deleted all the unimportant people... JK
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    I'm screwed.

    Had no warning. Got logged out of google chat on my Droid and when I tried to log on my computer, it said ALL my accounts have been disabled. I keep my calendar on google plus several important messages and contacts. I can't access Market now on my Droid because my phone used that particular email address (and I came here to figure out how to undo it). I also have a blog I've kept for 4 hours online under another email and I won't be able to access that as well.

    I've sent many emails and filled out "forms" but so far, either sent a request to fill out more forms or no answer to my problem. I'm sweating it.
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    Wow this could be bad for many people....
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    If I were part of that percentage, would that mean that my messages are also gone when I check my gmail account on my Macbook Pro? Gmail is my the only email that I have set up on the Macbook Pro.
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    Yeah it's not an android specific thing. Affects your email itself regardless of how you access it.
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    This is my biggest fear about cloud networking. Unless a company has a very good redundancy plan I see these things happening more and more often. If I accidently delete something at home, it's my fault, I'd be mad but if someone else does it on some server elsewhere. Anyways, so far I'm unaffected.

    Josh