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How to import old messages from an old install of Thunderbird to a new one?

Posted on 2008-06-12
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I have a lot of messages saved in the default Thunderbird format (mbox files and msf files) and would like to move them to a new Thunderbird installation.

How can I do that?

Thanks!
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by:Marc Z
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In the shortest answer, just replace the Profile folder of the New account with the Profile folder of the Old account.

That will move all preferences and settings and emails and address book, but you may have to modify a .ini file.

But this page will give you more precise information.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Thunderbird
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by:Marc Z
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keks_

Did you need more info or any more questions regarding this?
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by:keks_
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Yes, thanks. I copied all the Profile files over but when I run Thunderbird it doesn't detect anything. It's just a blank install.

Any modifications I need to make?
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keks,

Close all thunderbird windows or programs.
Start  Thunderbird with it's Profile Manager, as here.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_Manager#Accessing_the_Profile_Manager
1  Click on "Create Profile..." and, in the dialog that opens, enter a descriptive name for the profile you want to use.
2 Click on the "Choose Folder..." button. A "Browse for Folder" dialog will open.
3. Select the profile folder you copied and click OK.
4 Review the path shown in the "Completing the Create Profile Wizard" dialog to make sure it is correct, then click "Finish" to create the new profile.
5 Select the new profile and press the Start button to start Thunderbird using the moved profile.
6. Once Thunderbird is running, check that you can see the folders for each account. If they're missing, use the "Browse" button for the local directory in Tools -> Account Settings -> Server Settings and Tools -> Account Settings -> Local Folders to specify the correct account and mail directories.
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by:keks_
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I will try it tomorrow at the office. But thanks for such a detailed answer!
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