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Post Posted May 16th, 2017, 10:10 am

Is there an add-on that backs up TBird like FEBE does Firefox? Or is Mozbackup all there is?
Win 10 Pro on my originally Dell Optiplex System 7 desktop. Usually latest or latest-1 Thunderbird on all machines. Would like soon to buy a new laptop if my finances permit.


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Post Posted May 16th, 2017, 10:21 am

If you go to the site & look for the Beta 1.5.2, that is supposed to still function O.K.
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There is an old extension called TEBE for Thunderbird.
Not sure if it's still supported, as the last date was 2012.
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Post Posted May 16th, 2017, 6:35 pm

ImportExportTools has backup and restore options.


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Post Posted May 16th, 2017, 7:44 pm

See ... d_services . MailStore Home might be the best alternative if you can live with it not backing up the settings (prefs.js file) and address books (*.mab files). The main limitation of using ImportExportTools for backups is it doesn't compress (zip) the backup.

Don't overlook the possibility of using a file sync utility such as those in ... _computers instead.

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Post Posted May 17th, 2017, 8:48 am

The way I use is to simply copy my user profile.

– In Thunderbird, press ALT to display menus, then select "Help ? –> Debugging information"
– In the window that opens, the 4th line is called "Profile Folder".
– Click on the button ; your profile folder will be opened.

Or, alternatively:
– In Windows Explorer, click on Display, and make sure that hidden elements are displayed.
– Look for your profile folder under C:\Users\your_user_name\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles
The current profile is the one named "a bunch of letters.default".
The content of that folder is your profile.

– Then quit Thunderbird.
– Copy all the content of that folder to your favourite destination. You now have a backup of your current profile.
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