Problem exporting AOL personal filing cabinet

Posted on 2006-06-28
Last Modified: 2010-08-05

I'm trying to migrate my gf's mum's email to Thunderbird from the AOL crappy interface.  She would ideally like her old email imported into Thunderbird, but this is where i'm getting stuck.

I've tested some software (the best of which I found was 'pfcviewer') on a very old PFC file (only 8Mb) from a couple of years ago, and the program exported the messages perfectly!

Her current personal cabinet file is 23Mb, and no program can read it properly.  There are no errors, the program doesn't use any CPU either.  With pfcviewer it necer gets past 25%.  With Emailchemy, it never manages to export even a single message - just sits there.

I found the equivalent CACHE file for the PFC (173Kb) and opening this in pfcviewer, it shows all the messages but without attachments.  So I wonder, is the main PFC file corrupted?

Does anyone have any ideas how I can export the messages?

Many thanks,
Steve :)
Question by:sda100
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war1 earned 500 total points
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Greetings, sda100 !

Move AOL emails and contacts with ePreserver to Outlook Express. Then Thunderbird will import import OE emails and contacts.

Some instructions in this website:

Best wishes!

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Thanks war1

I looked at ePreserver but there is no demo version, and judging from the problems I've had so far, I've some reason to believe it will not work.

Steve :)
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Steve, you can ask ePreserver tech support if the program will work on your large file.  

You can use Mail Forward for AOL, which will move your aol mail to an account which will download to Thunderbird

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Thanks war1,

In the end I obtained a copy of ePreserver and it did the trick.  There is no option in AOL to do anything with mail saved on your PC, and AOL deletes attachments from messages when you save them too.  So all in all, I manged to get all the messages and addresses (minus attachments) imported into Thunderbird which was good enough.

As there were several saved PFC's to import, some had duplicate information, may I recommend the Thunderbird extension "Remove Duplicate Messages" which saved me weeks of anguish, and disk space!

Steve :)
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Steve, glad everything worked out.

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