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MOVING MAIL BETWEEN TWO THUNDERBIRD INSTALLATIONS
<b>Feel free to update with any additional info</b>
There comes a time in every Mozilla users life when they
find little instruction on how to transfer mail and settings
from Thunderbird, to Thunderbird. Whether you're transferring
from another computer or from a backup profile, there aren't any
instructions. These instructions are for Windows users only.
I used windows XP, but the instructions are the same on
any TB windows install.
I have an old TB profile folder on my laptop, which I am reformatting.
I want to save all of my accounts, mail folders, address book, and filters.
The address book is easily exported, yet that is not the case with the
rest of the profile information.
Begin by downloading TB, and unzipping it somewhere in your system.
Open it up, and you can create dummy account info (just so that
a profile folder is created).
Open your old Thunderbird profile directory...
Go to your Application Data folder, \Thundbird\Profile
Copy the _________.slt folder within that profile folder (All we care
about is the stuff inside the folder, copying the folder itself
just makes it easier to keep track of).
Find your new TB Profile folder, open it. Open the new ______.slt
folder, and select ALL of its contents. Delete them.
Now, you're new TB Profile/_____.slt folder should be empty.
Open your OLD Prolfile/______.slt folder that you copied
earlier, and select all of the contents. Cut and paste them
into your new _______.slt folder that you just trashed the
This is replacing your old settings, mail, filters, and address book
into your new TB profile folder. You're almost done.
In the stuff you just pasted, look for prefs.js.
All you need to do is edit this file:
Replace all of the directory addresses, with correct ones. If you have the exact
same setup as you did before, you can ignore this.
For example, I tranferred the folder from a computer, with a profile
C:\\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\\MIKE\\APPLICATION DATA\\THUNDERBIRD\\PROFILE
but, the new computer had a different user name:
C:\\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\\MICHAEL\\APPLICATION DATA\\THUNDERBIRD\\PROFILE
Just do a search and replace for the first address, replacing it with
the second address. This way, TB knows where it's profile info is.
Next, because we copied from an old profile folder, we need to update
the name of the profile.
For example, my OLD folder was called 2qrtu7b.slt
But, the new folder I pasted the old stuff into is
The prefs.js file will have the old profile folder name.
Just do a simple search and replace. Search for the old
folder name, and replace it with the new folder name.
Then the prefs.js will reference the profile folder name
Open the TB program and it will reflect all of your accounts, all
of your mail settings, message filters, and address book.
Hope you found this helpfull... it took me a few days and testing to figure it all out.
Thanks for the info... You saved me (and I'm sure others) some time.
maybe I'm missing something but I just dragged the mailbox file and its associated msf file from tb on pc 1 to tb on pc2 and all was fine. Both installs of tb were in completely different paths including the mail location.
For some of my mailboxes, I just re-created the folders.
it does not quite work for me, and I cannot figure out why.
Evereything looks fine. However, I only have like a headline for each account, but I cannot access the folders. Nothing happens when I click on the accounts to open the folders. Does anyone know what's wrong?
point made and taken...
Thanks, it worked
I had to also edit my chrome.rdf file and update all the lines there which pointed to my old profile directory.
If you don't have anything usefull to say, then kyms !
I get this behaviour after copying .msf files too.
New versions of the moz apps that support 'mbox' occaisionally need to generate new "summary" .msf files. Before copying them launch your Mail app using TB/MozMail/NSmessenger in your source profile. *Empty your Trash & Compress your folders* This will clean up any inconsistancies & make a cleaner migration of the mbox files (with no .ext). Exit all TB/Moz apps. Next go to your mailbox directory with a file explorer & sort by extension, select all the *.msf files and delete them, this needs to be done recursively. Now copy the mail dir to new profile & when TB/MozMail is started it will uncompress the mbox files, genereate new .msf summary files & recreate your local folders. I have fixed a number of corrupted mail problems using this method.
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need help to readd my old accounts for read old
mail from the removed inbox file
the old account was renamed
account.de to account-1.de
How can i import it or read the inbox??
Dragging up a three year old topic for help with current versions isn't the best idea. Changes to the program will effect the answer. Please start a new topic. Thanks.
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