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    Default Transferring Thunderbird to new laptop

    I'm helping my neighbour set up her new laptop. I've installed Thunderbird, and I've copied all her files holus-bolus from her old PC, to be winnowed out later. I thought I had pointed T-bird at the data store from her old PC, but I'm not seeing her folder structure or her old emails. As I understand it the file is in the "Profiles" folder - is that right? What is the file name of the datastore? I don't have the laptop in front of me, but I think there was a .sbd file plus some sort of .dft file. Are these the ones I should be looking at?
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    Default Re: Transferring Thunderbird to new laptop

    Grab MozBackup

    Use it to make a backup of all your emails. (Remember the save location)

    Then take a copy of Mozbackup and the backed up files to the new computer. After you install TB, use Mozbackup to overwrite your new TB files.
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    Default Re: Transferring Thunderbird to new laptop

    You just need to drop the old profile into the profiles folder and adjust the profiles.ini

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    Default Re: Transferring Thunderbird to new laptop

    My Thunderbird emails (in Win7) are in a folder called
    tncxgx6i.default
    located in AppData/Roaming/Thunderbird/Profiles

    I just copy the whole folder across

    (I don't think I have to adjust an ini file. Just calling it .default does the trick... but I could be wrong)
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    Default Re: Transferring Thunderbird to new laptop

    Thanks everyone. I don't get access to the laptop till tomorrow. I'll try it then.
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    Default Re: Transferring Thunderbird to new laptop

    +1
    Quote Originally Posted by bob_doe_nz View Post
    Grab MozBackup

    Use it to make a backup of all your emails. (Remember the save location)

    Then take a copy of Mozbackup and the backed up files to the new computer. After you install TB, use Mozbackup to overwrite your new TB files.

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    Default Re: Transferring Thunderbird to new laptop

    OK, we're all sorted. I used Mozbackup as suggested, and that seemed to do the trick. When I did the restore it put everything under "Local Folders", so I moved them all under the user name. I'm not a Thunderbird user, and I couldn't find a way (a) to do any sort of bulk folder move, and (b) to do a move instead of a copy. Was I missing something obvious, or doesn't Tbird do that? Only asking out of interest, as everything is actually good now.

    Thanks for all the help.
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    Default Re: Transferring Thunderbird to new laptop

    Good is good! I've done the individual folder copy before - doesn't really take long. And copy is good as you have the originals there if you mess it up!

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    Default Re: Transferring Thunderbird to new laptop

    My question was really one of general self-education, as it is all done now. In fact it took a while as there were dozens of folders.
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