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POP or IMAP to download and save my GMAIL account?

I want to save my GMAIL to my local disk. POP allows you to save as *.eml, and then import into WLM, but is SO SLOWWWWWWWWWWW.

IMAP is fast, but how do you save to local disk? It only seems to work if you keep all your emails online in GMAIL. I would like to download, save to local disk, and delete the clutter in my GMAIL account. Please advise. Thanks in advance.
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Dave HoweSoftware and Hardware EngineerCommented:
Once you have imap set up, you can either rely on whatever offline cache options your client has, or explicitly copy from "online" folders to local folders (either with drag/drop or a saved rule.  I tend to use thunderbird for this, and move the messages I want to keep by right clicking them & selecting the target folder.
sheana11Author Commented:
Hi DaveHowe, I tried with thunderbird, and was able to drag/drop an email to a target folder. However, when I r-clik on an email, the "Move-to" option only goes to the trash folder. Is there a way to set up different options for the email?

Also, if I delete an email from my T-bird IMAPPed to Gmail, will it be deleted from the GMAIL account as well? I tried a test email and deleted it from T-bird, but it wasn't deleted from online GMAIL. Is there a way to "sync" the accounts?
Dave HoweSoftware and Hardware EngineerCommented:
once you drag and drop to a local folder, it should become an extra target in the right click "move to" menu. Note you need to move (not copy) for it to be a move-to target, copy gets you a copy-to target (that's logical, but I would find it more convenient if there were one common list :)

There are also apps that can take a regular backup of an imap file structure, plus you could fairly easily write such things yourself in vbs with the right activex controls (assuming you are familiar with scripting, of course)
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