I get a LOT of email. A LOT. Sometimes unbelievable volumes. Press releases, reader emails, emails from sources of information, marketing and commercial emails and so on.
And ultimately, I do not want that email stored on someone else's server. There is a lot of sensitive, private stuff in there. I want to control it myself.
So my standard habit every 6-12 months is to set my email provider (Gmail) to POP access and then download it all from the server into Outlook and store it on my hard disk at home, back it up etc. Secure it, also.
But it kind of feels like modern email clients don't like POP any more. I had to do some kajiggering to get Outlook 2016 for Mac to connect to Gmail via POP. Apple Mail appears to have removed the option, unless you frack around with it a bit. And none of these clients are very transparent about where, precisely, on your hard disk they store your email, and in what format. They don't make it easy to back up, transport etc.
My question is -- what would you recommend I do? How should I store this data, in what client? I like it to be live searchable and easily able to be migrated in case I reformat my HDD for an upgrade (eg El Capitan) or new computer. But I don't want to keep it all in the cloud. i want to protect it myself.
How do you recommend I handle this? Bear in mind, I have many gigabytes of PST files.