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Old 09-05-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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Transferring Thunderbird settings from Windows Desktop to Linux laptop

Hello. I just received my new Linux Ubuntu laptop and am trying to set it up to my liking. I have made the switch from Windows XP to Linux. Thunderbird is already installed and I am trying to figure out if I can get all of my email settings transferred from my Windows Desktop to my new Linux laptop. The folder holding the needed information is on a separate Drive from my desktop. I was wondering if I could just import it from the drive to my laptop by hooking the laptop to the Drive by the USB ports. Any thoughts on this? If so, any instructions that might make it easier for me? Thanks
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you have to move your provile
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Some notes on USB to USB directly...

As you will have found, you can copy and transfer your Thunderbird Profile, but you can't just use a ordinary USB cable from USB port to port if that's what you thought of doing.

A USB cable has four contacts, two are for the signal and two carry a 5 volt current. Connecting two ports directly will give you a short circuit and likely do real damage. I've had the occasion to save some eager friends from some costly problems.

You need to use a storage medium for the transfer; that's what a USB thumb drive or an external HDD is for. There are also special transfer cables if you need to move and co-ordinate files directly between two systems. Some of them work under linux.

If for some reason your installed linux will not find and mount the right file, you can use a linux live-CD that should see all the files on any device that can be mounted.

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Thanks for the help. I already have a separate hard drive to transfer things to the laptop. I am still working on getting things transferred. This information will help.


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