Anyone got any ideas?
I'm having an absolute dog of a time trying to copy my old thunderbird profile from a backup into a new install of windows 98.
I'm trying to get thunderbird to load all my previous mail folders and old emails etc. I managed to copy the whole thunderbird folder from C:\Win98\Application data\thunderbird (where the profiles are stored). I did that before the re-install.
I've read the FAQ on how you're supposed to do it, but when I do that, it detects a corrupt address book, makes a backup, and then just sits there endlessly trying to "import mail" or something.
Curse that useless program netsonic3, if it weren't for that killing my entire internet, I wouldn't be here in the first place.
Anyone got any ideas on how to do this properly? TIA
Anyone got any ideas?
Your actual profile data is kept in:
RAND is a directory with a random name. It will be different each time you install thunderbird. It will look something like: /ii1z1j5y.slt/
The use of a randomly named directory is what usually causes a problem (it is done to improve security, not just to piss you off).
Here is how I restore my thunderbird (or mozilla or firefox) profile:
1) If you haven't already, run thunderbird so it will create a new default profile.
2) From your backup, copy the contents of thunderbird/default/RAND/ into the new Application Data/thunderbird/default/RAND/. Overwrite any files if it prompts you.
3) Fire up thunderbird.
Yeah thanks bmason. I have done that, but as soon as I reload thunderbird, it just sits there saying "Building summary file for inbox..." and doesn't do anything at all.
It might pay to delete the existing default profile then follow the steps above to make sure you are starting with a clean, working profile.
Thanks, yeah I've deleted the whole thunderbird profile directory several times and re-tried. Even edited the .jrs file. I don't know what gives.
I'll try the thunderbird support forums as well.
One other thought, check the permissions (and ownership if relevent) on the files you restored. If you copied them from a CD they will be readonly.
Ahh, a superb point. Will check now.
Ahh thats fixed it bmason!
The files were all read only because I had them on cd! Thunderbird couldnt write to the read only files.
So now all my old mail is back, oh back in business! Also I can get my favourites saving properly in firefox again. (It wasn't letting me add new favourites cos I backed up the bookmarks.html file as well).
Thanks heaps, your a legend! Go to the top of the class
well put BM!Originally Posted by bmason
I'm in the same boat as KW
awe look at that ...an old thread fired up