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thunderbird email incremental backup

Hi,

Is there a free version (open sourced) of an email backup for Thunderbird that will do incremental and full backups and restore options?

Or are there some good low-cost commercial versions. I have to do automatic backups of email accounts on several email accounts on several different computers (XP, Vista, 7, Mac) and eventually Linux.

thanks,
Victor
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The way that ThunderBird profiles are set up, there is no easy way to do incremental backups. You should just back up the whole profile folder, and that would be your full backup. You can use Cobian (http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm) to back up the profile folder, it has all the settings that you could want, and it's free. It will let you run it on a schedule, keep multiple backups, and do incremental backups (but, like I said, I don't know how reliable that would be with Thunderbird).
TolomirAdministrator
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Take a look at mozbackup: http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/

It also supports automatic backup: http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/command-line-backup.php

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The key to doing a backup in thunderbird
 Is to make sure tb is closed and not running when trying to do a backup as tb locks important files when its open.  
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Hi btdownloads7,

When I open up TB and then click and drag an email to a Windows Explorer folder then the email is saved as an .eml file extension. From this, in a roundabout way, I'm thinking there is some incremental back up solution but I was hoping there was some program to do this rather than me manually backing up the email files in this way. I was thinking some program can do this, look at the .eml files and date and then back up incrementally. This could work.

I guess no one knows of a such a program?

Thanks,
Victor
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What you're doing by moving the individual emails to a physical folder is like exporting those emails. They aren't stored in TB that way. It has only one physical file for each mail folder, and there are no easily accessible individual messages.

Of course, it's possible to parse all the email folders and figure out which messages changed in each mail folder, but I sincerely doubt that anyone is going to go through the trouble -- it's an unbelievably large amout of processing to do compared to simply backing up the whole mail profile every time.
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As said, use the free mozbackup program. It allows automatism (full) backups of the email accounts.

Those backups can also be exported to other computers, taking full account details with them.
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Thanks for your replies.