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Old 06-13-2008, 03:35 PM   #1
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Thunderbird Message Migration to Windows Mail


Does anyone know whether it is possible to migrate old Thunderbird messages to Windows Mail, and if so how ? Two different machines on the same local network, or I could upload to the net and download again, but I can't find the T'Bird message file or any export facility.

Greatly appreciate any help, thanks.

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Old 06-14-2008, 07:35 PM   #2
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Typical mail clients prompt about importing mail and settings when you first start them. That's where I would start.

By "t-bird message file" do you mean the Thunderbird mail files? Look in:

~/.thunderbird/profilename.default/Mail (replace "profilename" with the appropriate thing.)

This looks promising:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&r...rd&btnG=Search
 
Old 06-15-2008, 05:22 AM   #3
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Thanks, that looks like the right approach.
 
Old 06-15-2008, 09:00 AM   #4
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Just to report back for the benefit of anyone else considering doing this..

Turns out there's a free Windows utility called IMAPSize which contains a tool to convert T'Bird messages to Windows email formats which can then be imported in to the Windows email client (Mail 7 in my case).

So the procedure is:

1. Find the T'Bird Mail folder as above, compress it to remove all the dead stuff, and copy it to the Windows machine - on the desktop is easiest.

2. Make another folder on the desktop to receive the converted files - like 'email'.

3. Download and install IMAPSize from here:

http://www.broobles.com/imapsize/download.php

4. Run the conversion in IMAPSize - Tools | mbox2email. This utility does not deal with hierarchical folder structures, so you need to convert each base level folder separately. Fortunately, it does allow you to select multiple folders, so it's not too bad.

5. Use the Windows mail client's Import function to bring the folders and messages in.

The Mail client brings all the imports in to a new folder called Imported, so you will have to do some reorganizing, and you will have lost any hierarchical structures you had, but other than that, the whole exercise is pretty straightforward.
 
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Just to report back for the benefit of anyone else considering doing this..
This is the kind of new member we need here!!! You are in the top 1% in terms of courtesy and follow-up.
And there are no demerits for using Vista....
 
Old 06-16-2008, 06:03 AM   #6
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This is the kind of new member we need here!!! You are in the top 1% in terms of courtesy and follow-up.
And there are no demerits for using Vista....
Thanks - I always feel there is little point in encouraging people to use the Search function unless the answer is actually out there somewhere.

To be honest, Vista is more of an accident than a choice. My 10 year old Suse machine took a hardware dive, and the new box just came with Vista on it.

Bit embarrassing, really :-)
 
  


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