How to transfer Windows Live Mail (W7) to a new drive
Posted on 2014-01-21
Windows 7 laptop with a new hard drive. The previous drive (I'll call OLD) had several defective sectors. I removed the OLD drive and installed a NEW one. I have the OS running again now on the NEW drive and am trying to move email from two different email Windows Live Mail accounts (same email provider) to the new drive. Windows Live Mail was being used on the OLD drive and the same now on the NEW drive. I fully understand the "Normal" process for this procedure. However, I am unable to look at "maintenance" within WLM on the OLD drive to fully determine where the store folder is located for each email account since it is no longer installed. I am not concerned about the account settings unless you believe that they must be IDENTICAL to the old mail in order for mail to be transferred correctly. I think I know how to set up the accounts for a POP3.
I am able to connect the OLD drive to the system via a USB cable and am able to navigate to the OLD files. I believe that they are located in users,application data, local, microsoft, windows, windows live mail. I tried an import messages into the NEW WLM from the OLD drive but when clicking on the folders that were imported, there is nothing there. However, this was done OFFLINE so that I did not connect to the server prematurely. Can someone suggest the correct way to move the mail from the OLD drive to the new OS?