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Old 12-22-2004, 01:13 AM   #1
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How to import mail box from outlook to thunderbird

I am having all my mails on windows 2000 partition of my computer on which recently I made dual boot becoz of all the f**king crashes and bulls**t virusses in win2k.
Now I have RH9.0 also with thunderbird installed...
Now my question is how can I import the outlook mails from that win2K partition to thunderbird partition on linux partition???
Please help me out as all my important data related to my work are residing on that outlook mail box
I hope u understood my question.....
Old 12-22-2004, 04:11 AM   #2
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First, you must make your windows partition visible from linux. I don't know your exact setup, but maybe you can already see it in some place like /mnt/windows or something.
Then use thunderbird import wizard under Tools -> Import
Old 03-17-2006, 09:23 AM   #3
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I know this thread is a little old but I have run into a similar issue.

Here's my setup
Dual boot Windows2000/Slackware10.2(KDE3.4.2)

What I want to do is have thunderbird work just as well on both operating systems. That way weather I boot to Windows or Liunux I still have all my mail. What I've done so far is
* Creat a FAT32 Partition
* Move 'My Documents' in windows onto the FAT32 partition
* Install and setup thunderbird
* Import old mail (theres alot) and addresses into thunder on windows
* Redirected Thunderbirds mail storage folder to a folder in My Documents called Mail
* Automount the partition in Linux on boot
* Create shortcut on desktop (labeled 'My Documents')
* Setup Thunderbird
* Redirected Thunderbirds mail storage folder to a folder in My Documents called Mail

The issue That I am having is that I can't seem to import my old mail from outlook into the Linux install of Thunderbird. I was hoping if I could point both programs to the same data file they would execute on that file automatically. Since neither one will be operating at the same time the changes should be transparent.

If anyone has any sunngestions It would be appreciated
Old 03-17-2006, 11:04 AM   #4
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That is actually the setup I'm running as well. What I did was put the inbox into a fat32 partition, and have thunderbird in windows load that up directly. Then in linux you can just change the prefs.js file in your home directory to point to that same file. Then any change to that file is reflected in both operating systems. Here is a short guide of how to do it.


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