How do I backup my email so that I can import it all back in at a later time if I need to?
glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jan 27 23:00:31 UTC 2009
On 01/26/2009 11:12 PM, Ray Parrish wrote:
> NoOp wrote:
>> On 01/24/2009 02:59 PM, mark Pyles wrote:
>>> Hi everyone:
>>> I'm using Ubuntu 8.04 (Gnome desktop) with thunderbird 220.127.116.11. 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.
>> Yes. Just copy your .thunderbird folder to whatever
>> medium/partition/drive/usb-stick that you wish.
> Close, but that gets a bit more than just your mail, and it's actually
> /.mozilla-thunderbird not just /.thunderbird.
We (I) determined in another thread that .thunderbird is when you
install Thunderbird directly, .mozilla-thunderbird is when you install
the Ubuntu version from the repo.
> NoOp's method will likely get things like your user profile and address
> book along with your mail. To backup *just* your email copy the
> following folder to another location.
Mail & News will contain the bulk of a folder, so I've found that it's
just as easier (and wiser) to just backup the whole thing. That way if
you need to restore, all of your profiles settings, extensions/add-ons,
etc., are restored as well. Plus, if you only want to just put back the
mail bits, you can easily just pull that folder from the backup and plug
> The numbers in the second to last folder may vary for your installation.
> I used this method to import my Thunderbird email from the Windows side
> of my box to my Ubuntu installation of Thunderbird. This resulted in a
> flawless import of my mail, but missed my address book, which took me
> quite a while to rebuild. Oh well, live and learn. 8-)
> It does make sense to grab the whole thing as NoOp says to do, as you
> will most likely also want your profile and address book when you
> restore things.
> Later, Ray Parrish
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