Upgrading To SL By Erase And Install. How Can I Save All My Mail Accounts?

I am thinking about erasing my HD and installing Snow Leopard.
This will destroy all my Mail accounts and it takes ages to reinstall them as each one has to send off and receive info back from my ISP which can take 5 or more minutes.
Is there something I can save to put back in SL that will allow me to continue using all my accounts instantly with no reconfiguring?

Thank you. I had completely forgotten about TM ....... even though I only started using it 3 days ago!
However, I have a friend with an early Intel iMac who is running Tiger and intends to upgrade to Snow Leopard.
I assume he may be using an older version of Mail and of course he hasn't got TM.
What precautions should he take or will he just have to reconfigure his accounts?

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