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move Thunderbird profile From Win XP to Win7(64)

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  1. wabrice

    wabrice Thread Starter

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    Have - so far - been unable to move my Thunderbird profile from an old WinXP computer to a Win7 machine.
    I have followed the various advice I have found on multiple sites. No luck. On sticking point is the mail storage locations got separated somewhere between Win98SE, Win2000 & WinXP, as well as several email accounts along the way. Some are located under Document and Settings|<user>|Application Data|Thunderbird. The rest are under Documents and Setting|Application Data|Mozilla|Profiles|default|...etc -*.SLT files.

    I have thought to move the *.SLT mail to the normal folders under the user and edit the prefs.js file to point to the new location. Then move to Win7.

    Has anyone tried this? Think it might work?
    I really need some advice. The WinXP machine needs to be retired and email is the only thing it's being used for.
     
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    try this
    http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/

    backup from the XP box
    then move to the W7 machine

    i have used about 20 times to move XP to W7 and its works a treat - mayneed to reenter the password - but sets up all the accounts etc
    BUT based on
    it may not work - as all it does is zip up the profile

    but if all else has failed - then you have nothing to lose
     
  3. wabrice

    wabrice Thread Starter

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    I tried that also - I do not think that Mozbackup knows to follow the path to where the SLT folders are located.
     
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    Are you sure it's Thunderbird? SLT's are Mozilla Suite and Seamonkey.
     
  5. wabrice

    wabrice Thread Starter

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    Yes - it's Thunderbird. I have used Firefox and Thunderbird since they came out. Never used any of the suites. Maybe Mozilla - at some point - put that destination in the install/update, then later changed it back. Just guessing. Going back to my original post, does anyone see any issues with my copying the mail folder from the SLTs back to the profile, then updating the mail storage location for those email accounts? Thanks everyone.
     
  6. throoper

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    I'm just guessing since I'm not clear on exactly how you have the mail storage folders set up.
    It sounds like somewhere along the line Mozilla Suite was installed and Thunderbird was pointed to use the storage folders of that for it's Local Directory folders.
    You can check that by clicking Tools>Account Settings>Server Settings (for each account) and seeing what the path is for Local Directory.
    If it's pointing to the Mail>Account folders in the SLT folders, then that's what's being used for the mail storage and you can copy them into the TB Profile folder>Mail folder and use the Browse at the end of the Local Directory line to tell Thunderbird to use them.
    Just to be on the safe side, make copies of both the TB Profile folder and the Moz Suite Profile folder.
     
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