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Post Posted May 19th, 2009, 7:53 am

My daughter's Mac Mini operating OS X failed catastrophically, but she was able to retrieve the files she wanted from the hard disk. She now has a Windows PC and wonders how she can transfer her Mac Address Book folder, all files of which appear to be intact though I cannot figure the format myself, into Thunderbird (2 presumably) on her new PC. She cannot run any Mac programs, so cannot export the address book as a CSV; she just has the raw files. Any advice please? -- her contacts are too valuable for her to lose.

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Post Posted May 19th, 2009, 8:23 am

Check this page for information on Thunderbird profiles - files, location, etc.

Check this knowledge base article on moving your profile. This applies whether you are moving your profile from one location to another on the same system, or moving your profile to another system.
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Post Posted May 19th, 2009, 8:25 am

What do you mean by "Mac Address Book folder"?

Is this the address book for Thunderbird (found in its "profile" folder: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Moving_addres ... n_profiles ) or Apple's system-wide address book (found in ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook)?

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Post Posted May 19th, 2009, 8:28 am

Guest: thanks for chiming in.

MikeHAS: My instructions assume that the source information is already in a Thunderbird profile. If that assumption is incorrect, please let us know.
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Post Posted May 19th, 2009, 9:17 am

Thanks to Guest and to SK. I will try to clarify my inadequate and confusing info...
My daughter was not using Thunderbird on her Mac, but rather the Mac-native email client (don't know its name).

The Mac Address Book folder appears with that name on her hard drive which I can read on my PC using a downloaded "HFS Explorer" utility. It consists of a subfolder called "Address Book - 23-10-2007.abbu" which in turn contains several files, the largest of which are: ABPerson.index (380K) and AddressBook.data (212K). I can recognize some ASCII names in the depths of these files, but to pull these out and reconstruct a contact list would take forever.

I suppose what I am really asking is whether there is any way of importing the contents of these files into Thunderbird to reconstruct my daughter's contact address book?

Hope this clarifies a bit...

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Post Posted May 19th, 2009, 10:02 am

So far as I know, there are only two ways to import a Mac Address Book file to Thunderbird - either directly on a Mac, so that Thunderbird can use its import routine (working with the Mac operating system), or edit/manipulate the source file so that Thunderbird can import it as a CSV file. I don't know enough about Macs to guide you in the latter.
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Post Posted May 19th, 2009, 11:20 am

"I can recognize some ASCII names in the depths of these files, but to pull these out and reconstruct a contact list would take forever."

Thanks, SK. I'm not into Macs either, so it looks as if I'd better get used to the idea of the above "forever" approach!

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Post Posted May 19th, 2009, 11:29 am

Have you tried a Mac/Apple forum for assistance?
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Post Posted May 19th, 2009, 12:59 pm

No, I haven't, thinking that they'd brand me a traitor! I'll give it a whirl. Thanks.

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