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How do I reimport my Thunderbird folders

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My PC recently crashed.  Fortunately I backed up my files.  I reinstalled M Thunderbird and new folders were automatically created.  I have received several new emails under these new folders.  I want to import my old Thunderbird mail and contact folders from my backup disc to my current Thunderbird folders/profile.

How is this done and what folders/files do I need to re-import ?
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Hello pbo1,

Here is how to import your Thunderbird emails
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Thunderbird_:_FAQs_:_Migration

Hope this helps!
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The link explains how to import non-Thunderbird mail into Thunderbird.  Unless I missed something it does not answer my 2 main questions:How do I import Thunderbird folders back into Thunderbird and what folders/files should I import ?
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pbo1,

This page helps
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Thunderbird

It's the Mail files you need, and don't forget your abook.mab files (address Books).  The page will detail for you.

One of the things you will need is to have Hidden files and folders displayed.
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Worked good in the sense I was able to create a new profile and move my old mail into this new profile.  Still am unable to load the few days worth of mail from the profile that was created when my PC crashed, but  the main thing was I was able to get back my old mail.
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pbo1,

How about just using the Profile Manager to open the short term profile, if there is not a lot of email, you can right click and select Save As
and then close TB, open the new profile and select File-Open Saved Message. Tedious but should get the job done.

Or if there are a LOT of messages you could use the Import/Export Tools add-on. It will give you the ability to Export entire folders if needed.  I would install the add-on to both profiles you wish to manage.

Remember, you can only have one TB profile Open at a time, so make sure you uncheck the Don't Ask at startup option when running the Profile Manager, this will give you faster access to it every time you need to open TB. Once you get the mail in the profile you desire, then you can recheck that option and it will open the last profile that you chose automatically.
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