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Thunderbird - Reinstall backed up profiles

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  1. Lee Lewis

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    Hello, I am missing the Draft and Sent Items folder from Thunderbird 38.2.0.
    I backed up the Profile folders before taking it to computer repair place for a c: drive formatting on my Windows 7, five year old Samsung notebook. Whether it was a somewhat earlier version of TB, I do not know.

    Somehow I reloaded the intact Inbox back into each of my 3 email (POP mail server) accounts, but wasn't as lucky with retrieving the other folders, or even consistency in what (empty) folders made it back, and why those that /were/ populated only had a fraction of the number (of sporadically-dated) messages, compared to the hundreds of messages that were in the folders originally. Looks like this:

    Account A has Inbox, Drafts, Sent, Archives, Trash
    Account B has Inbox, Junk, Trash
    Account C has Inbox, Sent, Trash

    View > Folders is set to All.
    Account Settings > Copies & Folders match their, respective, Account Names.

    Lastly, I can live with having lost the (pre-formatting) message content, but really need to have the folders, at least, in going forward.

    If you can answer, kindly provide step - by - step instructions, as my skill level is only Intermediate.
     
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  2. Oddba11

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    I would suspect your backup was corrupt or not complete.

    You obviously know the restore process as you have some of the folders. There aren't any options in the restore process to choose individual files or folders. As far as I know it's all of nothing. The only real options to control the files and folders are in the backup process.
     
  3. Lee Lewis

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    Jim, My 'Restore' was a case of having a little knowledge--enough to be dangerous. Do the 2 pref.js files on the C:\ drive represent 2 folders in 1 account, or 2 accounts including all Their folders?
    Would you kindly outline the Restore process, or point in right direction? Thanks, Z.
     

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    I've not used Thunderbird. I would suspect each file is a different backup, and not one file for each folder. Most software that creates backups, creates a single file which includes all of the items that you selected to be backed up.

    The process would depend on how you created the backup in the first place. But generally, you just select the restore option and select the file. By default, the restore would replace everything that is in the backup file.
     
  5. Lee Lewis

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    Meant to say, 'Thanks."
     
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