Problem exporting AOL personal filing cabinet

Posted on 2006-06-28
Medium Priority
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
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 97

Accepted Solution

war1 earned 2000 total points
ID: 17005823
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!

Author Comment

ID: 17005846
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 :)
LVL 97

Expert Comment

ID: 17026953
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

Author Comment

ID: 17027010
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 :)
LVL 97

Expert Comment

ID: 17027026
Steve, glad everything worked out.

Featured Post

Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Today as you open your Outlook, you witness an error message: “Outlook is using an old copy of your Outlook Data File…”. Probably, Outlook is accessing an old OST file.
Check out the easy way to Export Thunderbird to MS Outlook. It can be done effectively by using manual method and if you are not much into coding then you can definitely try the third party tool for the conversion.
This video shows how to remove a single email address from the Outlook 2010 Auto Suggestion memory. NOTE: For Outlook 2016 and 2013 perform the exact same steps. Open a new email: Click the New email button in Outlook. Start typing the address: …
Planning to migrate your EDB file(s) to a new or an existing Outlook PST file? This video will guide you how to convert EDB file(s) to PST. Besides this, it also describes, how one can easily search any item(s) from multiple folders or mailboxes…

597 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question