reading (Windows) Thunderbird e-mail from an old Thunderbird folder
I have a family member whose hard drive crashed with all his data, including Thunderbird e-mail, on it. I have convinced him to start using Linux, but the crashed operating system (and/or crashed HD--we're not sure yet) was running Windows, and in trying to pull everything valuable off the drive, he has installed Windows on a new HD. Does anyone know how to let the new HD's copy of Thunderbird read the e-mail retrieved from the old HD? We copied the old e-mails (contained in files such as "inbox.something"--I've already forgotten the extensions) to the corresponding Windows folder on the new HD, but that did not make them readable by Thunderbird; it then displayed no e-mails at all.
I dealt with this problem before--finding e-mails on an old hard drive, and then trying to read them with an e-mail program on a new HD--but never solved it. (It was less important then, because the e-mails were eight years old and just curiosities.)
Last edited by newbiesforever; 07-04-2009 at 12:56 PM.