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I've an old Compuserve 4.0.2 filing cabinet on my PC (Windows XP SP3). I want to archive the mail messages and attachments on a readable format. There are some software that can help me to do that?
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by:Jim P.
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Was the 4.0.2 version based off of Netscape?

Here's a demo that allows you to put out ten at a time to PDF.
http://www.processtext.com/abcmozilla.html

And then here's one to import the mail into Outlook:
http://mail.exchange.uconn.edu/migration/clients/netscapemail.html
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by:ConsJMEA
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Thank you jimpen but Compuserve 4.0.2 is not based on NetScape. I used Netscape after Compuserve. Now I use Thunderbird. I deal with NetScape without problems. My problem is the filing cabinet of Compuserve.
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by:Jim P.
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Looking at the Compuserve 4.02 install instructions they have this line in it:
NOTE:
The .CFT file that you created above should be saved as a backup.
Additional .cft files should be created regularly ,using the
date range option, in order to maintain a complete, current backup of your Filing Cabinet.
IN EMERGENCY the .CFT can be safely read in a text editor. 
If no text editor is available, a copy should be made and used with a word processor

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So see if you can open the CFT file(s) with notepad. If you can then effectively there are many ways to read the files and then break them out that it means that you have to come up with a preference. I would break them into an Access DB, but that is just my preference.
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by:ConsJMEA
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I've not a CFT file but a fcabinet.dat file that is readable but not enough. I will try to obtain a CFT file with Filing Cabinet Utilities and I will inform to you about the results.
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by:ConsJMEA
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Well, I've generated a CFT file that is readable but the attachments are not included nor the folders. The headers of messages have many codes. I think I would need some patience for breaking the text in database format and manually link the attachments to each message. Before that I want to find another alternatives.
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Hello. I've delayed due to hardware problems but finally I've found a solution. An old version of the software Transend Migrator (release 7.4 - www.transend.com) has done the job very well. The software has converted 5300 messages to Thunderbird format with less than one hundred failures. I converted manually these hundred messages.
Thanks.
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by:Jim P.
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I am glad you found a solution.

The days of Compuserve are so far back that many people just don't even remember it existed. Heck, mention a 14.4K modem to the typical 20 year old and they probably wouldn't have a clue.
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by:ConsJMEA
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I've learned some interesting techniques with Jim's comment but I've found the ideal software for the job I needed.
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