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Post Posted July 22nd, 2017, 8:15 pm

i had archive folders, listed 2012/2017. i cant find them any more. i dont think i deleted them, though i did delete old ask leo folders. how can i recover them? if so i can. //Ed ](*,)

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Post Posted July 23rd, 2017, 4:37 am

How is the account set up in Thunderbird, as POP or IMAP? Find out using menu path Tools->Account Settings->Server Settings->Server Type at the top right of the dialogue.

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Post Posted July 23rd, 2017, 1:29 pm

DanRaisch wrote:How is the account set up in Thunderbird, as POP or IMAP? Find out using menu path Tools->Account Settings->Server Settings->Server Type at the top right of the dialogue.
its a pop account. TB version 52.2.1. 32 bit, on xp. the folders that disappeared were dated 2012 to 2016 and were a sub folder under archives, under an e-mail name of the person, i correspond with.

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Post Posted July 23rd, 2017, 4:06 pm

First backup your profile -- http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_backup
Close Thunderbird and navigate to your Profile Folder ( http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_Folder ). Find the files with the extension msf, and the same name as that of the missing folders, such as 2012.msf. Note that there will be sets of two files with the name but only one of these will have the MSF extension. Delete the files with the MSF extension. Restart Thunderbird, compact all folders, and see if things are back to normal. Note that the MSF files do NOT contain your messages. They are, for lack of a better term, an index file and will be recreated by Thunderbird as required.

If this procedure provides no improvement, see this link -- http://kb.mozillazine.org/Recover_messa ... upt_folder

Also see this URL - http://kb.mozillazine.org/Keep_it_worki ... derbird%29

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Post Posted September 17th, 2017, 6:00 pm

can i copy my profile, paste it on desktop, rename it, in case when i delete fileswith MSF extention in profile i mess up. then i can switch files. renameing is involved, i know how to do this. i am working with windows xp, but the concept is the same. //Ed

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Post Posted September 17th, 2017, 6:45 pm

Yes, you can do that.

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Post Posted October 15th, 2017, 5:04 pm

i cant find the archive 2012.msf or the other archive 2014.msf. i might have deleted or lost them when trying to transfer to a different folder outside of Thunderbird. i think i might need a file recovery program..

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Post Posted October 16th, 2017, 5:27 am

Your messages are not in files with the .msf extension. Those are only message summary files and contain only small amounts of message data to improve performance of the message list display and similar elements. The files that contain the full message data have no file name extension, thus "archive 2012" or "archive 2014".

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Post Posted November 4th, 2017, 12:18 am

then they are lost. the only archive folder i have is one i started this year, archive2017. i will look up free file recovery programs. thanks for your input. if you have a recommendation it would be appreciated.

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Post Posted November 4th, 2017, 12:42 am

Hi,
I believe that if any great length of time has passed & with any "normal" use of the PC, then recovering some files might be a bit of a stretch.
They have most probably have been over-written by now, but you can try these...
Recuva from Piriform. Free. > http://www.piriform.com/recuva
&, Filesaver. NOT free, but apparently they have it as a, "Special Offer". > http://www.file-saver.com/undelete/

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Post Posted November 14th, 2017, 9:40 pm

thanks.. i give it a try, and let you know. it will be a stretch an then more.

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