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Importing .eml files into Outlook Express while retaining directory structure

Posted on 2007-11-17
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Hi, I'm trying to migrate a large Thunderbord email system into Outlook.  I've found articles on how to convert between Thunderbord and Outlook Express file formats and have done that bit but I have been left with a directory full of sub directories and further sub directories containing lots of individual .eml files.  My problem is that the next bit in the instructions was to just drag and drop the eml files into Outlook, however this doesn't copy folders, only the emails themselves.  I really urgently need to import these directories into Outlook or Outlook Express without having to manually recreate every single folder (there are hundreds) and dragging the appropriate emails into each one.  Does anyone know of a way round this, I'm prepared to pay for a migration app if it will work and is simple or is there another way round this?

Many thanks

Adam
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First, I have never used Thunderbird. That being said almost every mail software that has the ability to interface with POP3/SMTP servers have the ability to export to a personal folder file (PST). If you export the mailbox to PST and tell it to include all subfolders it will move everything to the backup file at the location you select. Then you  simply open Microsoft Outlook and import the PST. In outlook this can be found at "File" -> "import export" -> select "Other program or file" -> Select Personal Folder File (*.pst) then select either the location you wish to export, or import the file you are looking to bring into Outlook.

I hope this information is helpful.
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Unfortunately Thunderbird will not export a PST, if only things were that simple!
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Please use this reference:

http://www.broobles.com/imapsize/th2outlook.php

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