How do I backup my email so that I can import it all back in at a later time if I need to?

CLIFFORD ILKAY clifford_ilkay at
Sun Jan 25 03:26:01 UTC 2009

mark Pyles wrote:
> I'm using Ubuntu 8.04 (Gnome desktop) with thunderbird Is 
> there a way to backup all  my mail and folders to be able to import them 
> back into thunderbird at a later time if needed say like to do a 
> re-install or if the computer runs a muck? Thanks.

If your email hosting provider offers IMAP access, as we do in our
hosting operation, you can drag/drop the mail in your local folders to
corresponding folders on your provider's server. If you have lots of
folder and mail, it'll be a bit tedious and it will take a while but
it'll be worth it because your mail will now be independent of the
particular machine you're using. If you need to work disconnected from
the network and/or if you want to always have local copies of your mail,
just in case, you can configure Thunderbird to sync folders when you go
off-line. Just make sure you don't ever check your mail using POP again
because you'll download all your mail to the machine from which you checked.

Clifford Ilkay
1419-3266 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON
Canada  M4N 3P6

+1 416-410-3326
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