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Peter D
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Post Posted December 30th, 2007, 9:49 am

Is there a simple way of copying email in the Inbox to an external hard drive. Is it possible to copy an Inbox folder to an external hard drive. Thanks.

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Post Posted December 30th, 2007, 9:51 am

There are a couple of ways to accomplish what you seek, but which is most appropriate depends on what you want to do with the messages - backup purposes? Moving your profile to another drive? Something else?
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Post Posted December 30th, 2007, 9:51 am

Try this extension http://nic-nac-project.de/~kaosmos/mboximport-en.html

This will let you save messages in a variety of formats.....
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Post Posted December 30th, 2007, 10:08 am

SKopischke, I wish to copy them as a precaution against my computer crashing.

steviex. Thanks, but that is completely incomprehensible.

I have just noticed that if I highlight a message then in File go to Save as, I can then save it to my external hard drive. However, I can only re-open it with Outlook Express.

Thank you.

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Post Posted December 30th, 2007, 10:10 am

See this page for Thunderbird's Profile Backup FAQ. You might also want to try MozBackup. I have used it for years.
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Post Posted December 30th, 2007, 10:55 am

Thanks everyone. It all seems very complicated.

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Post Posted December 30th, 2007, 1:34 pm

Peter D wrote:I have just noticed that if I highlight a message then in File go to Save as, I can then save it to my external hard drive. However, I can only re-open it with Outlook Express.
If you save it as .eml, you should be able to open it with Thunderbird as well and re-import it again using the ImportExportTools extension to which steviex already gave a link too.

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Post Posted December 31st, 2007, 3:53 am

Thanks Free!
The ImportExport extension was too complicated. I Saved as an eml., but it will still only open in Outlook Express.

It is a pity that Outlook Express appears to be easier to use than Thunderbird in this respect. Perhaps the designers of the programme will address this significant problem in future versions.

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Post Posted December 31st, 2007, 7:50 am

Peter D wrote:Thanks Free!
The ImportExport extension was too complicated.
The ImportExportTools extension is no more complicated than other add-ons. And add-ons are one of the advantages of Thunderbird (and Firefox).
I Saved as an eml.,
That is a start.
but it will still only open in Outlook Express.
Right-click, select "Open with" and select Thunderbird.
It is a pity that Outlook Express appears to be easier to use than Thunderbird in this respect.
Thunderbird is at least as easy as Outlook Express, but just a bit different (and way more powerfull).
Perhaps the designers of the programme will address this significant problem in future versions.
For you this may seem a significant problem, for others it isn't (and the developers have better things to worry about).
A Healthy and Peaceful New Year to everyone.
And to you too.

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Post Posted January 1st, 2008, 11:05 am

Free!
Thanks for the perseverance. Hurrah, I can now do it. I downloaded the latest version of Thunderbird (mine was four years old. I right click, it gave the option of choosing a programme to open with. Clicked on Thunderbird and everything is just dandy.
I hope this is a good omen for the new year!

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Post Posted January 1st, 2008, 12:23 pm

Four years old? That must have been version 0.7 or something like that (and high time to upgrade).

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