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Post Posted May 4th, 2007, 5:08 am

My old PC went kaput and I've transferred my old hard drive to a new PC (running Vista). I'm trying to locate my old emails but can't find them. Where are they stored, dopes anyone know?

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Post Posted May 4th, 2007, 7:30 am

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Post Posted May 4th, 2007, 7:35 am

The easiest way is to delete your entire current Thunderbird folder in application-data and then paste the old thunderbird folder from your old compu to your new. C:\Documents and Settings\yourname\Application Data\Thunderbird
This way you will have back your addressbook and other settings too. Please backup the current folder before you delete it. You never know...

otherwise this is the mailfolder: C:\Documents and Settings\yourname\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\xxxxxx.default\Mail\Local Folders > just copy paste it in your new folder on your new compu.

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Post Posted May 4th, 2007, 7:53 am

That will only work if the path is exactly the same on both computers. If you have used a different OS user name, it will not work.
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Post Posted May 4th, 2007, 7:56 am

OK, didn't know that! I guess for backing up it works though.
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Post Posted May 4th, 2007, 7:58 am

Yes. I used that method successfully for a long time, even across machines, but I do tend to use the same Windows user name. ;-)
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Post Posted May 4th, 2007, 8:10 am

Hmmm, only problem, I can't find where the profile is stored on Vista to back up. Any Vista users reading this?

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Post Posted May 4th, 2007, 8:14 am

C:\Documents and Settings\*user name*\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\*random string.profile name*, but it's easiest to get to from Start>User Name on the right. You do have to have Windows set to View Hidden files and folders. This link tells you how, but they haven't added Vista yet. The method is the same as in XP, so use those instructions. http://spywarewarrior.com/viewtopic.php?t=272
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Post Posted May 4th, 2007, 9:04 am

I think I may have a bigger problem thatn I realised! I found this fill in application data - 9vnv2gcw.default - It seems to be empty as it's only 100bytes in size. the directory tree ended at that point, there wasn't a mail/local folders section.

Any thoughts?

Thanks for all your help so far

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Post Posted May 4th, 2007, 9:07 am

Was your old computer Vista as well? The profile you need to find first is the one on the old hard drive.
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Post Posted May 5th, 2007, 2:53 pm

Daifne wrote:C:\Documents and Settings\*user name*\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\*random string.profile name*, but it's easiest to get to from Start>User Name on the right. You do have to have Windows set to View Hidden files and folders. This link tells you how, but they haven't added Vista yet. The method is the same as in XP, so use those instructions. http://spywarewarrior.com/viewtopic.php?t=272

I use a very simple method to zero in on my profile. I search for prefs.js. I then check the pathname to be sure that it is for Thunderbird rather than Firefox, and explore that directory. Works like a charm and does not require repeated clicking through subdirectories. This method works for both Mac and Windows.

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