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Post Posted June 12th, 2020, 12:05 pm

Ladies, Gentlemen,
Is it possible to select a small subset from several hundred folders/sub folders and transfer them from one PC to another?

How about if I create a temporary account, move the folders in question into that account and copy that new profile to the new PC?
Would that work?
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Ed

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Post Posted June 12th, 2020, 2:40 pm

Yes.

I suggest you create a child folder in the "Local Folders" account with a unique name such as xyzzy, copy (NOT move) all of the folders you want to migrate into its folder hierarchy, and then use the ImportExportTools NG add-on to export them. You can then use the same add-on on the other PC to import them. That's not the quickest solution, but is safe and doesn't require you to understand how the profile is organized etc.

Alternatively, after you copy the folders into Local Folders, copy the contents of the child directory you created in "Local Folders" to the ..\Mail\Local Folders directory in your other PCs profile.

Are you using IMAP accounts? if you are, there is no need to migrate the folders. Just add the same account in the other PC and unsubscribe any folders you don't want to see. Right click on the account name in the folder pane, select subscribe, refresh and then unsubscribe the folders you want to hide. They're stored in remote folders on the IMAP server. If you do that when you sync folders it won't create/update the local copy.

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Post Posted June 14th, 2020, 9:17 am

I have tried to copy folders over but there is no COPY selection when I right-click on any folder.

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Post Posted June 14th, 2020, 9:46 am

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

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Post Posted June 14th, 2020, 10:23 am

"I have tried to copy folders over but there is no COPY selection when I right-click on any folder."

The user interface design is inconsistent. The easiest method is to drag and drop the folder. Otherwise you need to create the target folder and then copy the messages to there.

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Post Posted June 14th, 2020, 11:20 am

Those are archive folders with no identity associated with them.

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Post Posted June 14th, 2020, 12:10 pm

It doesn't make a difference if they are archive folders. The simplest solution might be to create a child folder with a unique name at the destination, and then drag and drop the selected folders to it. That way you don't need to worry about naming conflicts.

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Post Posted June 14th, 2020, 12:13 pm

OK, I'll try that.
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Ed

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Post Posted June 15th, 2020, 12:47 pm

It just dawned on me, drag and drop would remove folders from their original location, right?
Isn't there a copy and paste method, leaving the copied folders where they are?

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Post Posted June 15th, 2020, 12:55 pm

Drag and drop between different accounts copies, it doesn't move. If in doubt create some throwaway folders and verify it for yourself.

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Post Posted June 15th, 2020, 1:26 pm

OK, thanks.
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