archiving/backup email  to different folder

Posted on 2011-10-25
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Last Modified: 2012-09-17
im trying to achive to create/open folder which is ouside of default profile folder, ie d:\backup\, and drag and drop desired emails  into it, or create rule. Goal is to have something like MS Outlook autoarchiving into archive.pst which lays also outside of default folder, ie d:\backup.

Question by:bbmservis
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You might want to check out this add-on:


You may want to set up a dummy mail account in TB and simply redirect the folder for that account to your desired location:

1. Tools menu, Account Settings
2. Account Actions / Add Mail Account
3. Create a POP3 account. Note: you'll have to give it a legitimate server name, because TB tries to be ever so helpful and verifies that the server name works before allowing you to create the account. You don't have to login, though. A name like backup@comcast.net will work fine.
4. Go to Server Settings for the new account. Change Local directory to D:\Backup. Turn off Check for new messages at startup and Check for new messages every n minutes.
5. Shut down and restart TB.
6. Your new account is now ready to go; you can drag & drop messages, use rules to copy or move messages, etc.
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Except that he's using Thunderbird, not Outlook...

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this sound like winner, but strangley i cannot change "local directory" under "server settings" ,  whatever i click it doesn accept and cannot delete or change value  "c:\users\user name\ etc." ??
Im using TB 3.1.12 & Win7 Pro.

What if you have already  POP account, can you set for eac different locations of store folders?


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ElrondCT earned 1500 total points
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That's an extremely old version of TB. I'm using v7.0.1 (also with Win7 Pro). You can check at http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/all.html to get the latest update in various languages; almost all of them are available in v7.0.1.

Yes, if you have multiple accounts in TB, each of them can have its store folder in a different location. When you create the account, the location will be set automatically, but you can change it using step 4 above. Be sure to shut down and restart TB before you try to use the files in the new location.

Author Comment

ID: 37031161
Ok, wiil try and report later, many thx!
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Expert Comment

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Amendment: 3.1.12 actually isn't so old (it was released in August 2011); I was confused by the version numbering system, which has changed. But 7.0.1 is the latest version, and I'd encourage you to update. I think the version numbers were changed to match up with Firefox's versions.

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it was best that you can do with Thunderbird, not what was i tended to achieve.

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