How to Back Up Thunderbird Data

By Goldenbarstewart ·
How do I back up Thunderbird data for installation on a new computer? I copied the Profiles folder to a new installation but I get a message that TB is already running and needs to be closed before the new version with the 'transplanted' Profiles folder will open. However, on restarting, the same thing occurs. There doesn't seem to be an 'Export' command in the program.

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V. Has Import/Export tools.

by Ron K. In reply to How to Back Up Thunderbir ...

It may be time to update.

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Using Latest Version Already

by Goldenbarstewart In reply to V. Has Import/Ex ...

Hi again Ron. Thanks but I am already using the latest version (Thunderbird 3.0.5) and it only allows the contact list to be exported, as far as I can see, anyway.

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App or extensions

by seanferd In reply to How to Back Up Thunderbir ...

App: MozBackup.

Extensions: TEBE beta (See the FEBE page). I don't know if this backs up mail and addresses, or just extensions and the like.

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Make sure Thunderbird is closed first, then.....

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to How to Back Up Thunderbir ...

Follow this:

Click on:
Start > Run, Type in "%AppData%" (with out the quotes).
Now you should see "Roaming" listed.
Click on "Roaming" and now you should see a big list of programs etc.
Scroll down to where "Thunderbird" is listed and click on it.
Now you should see:
1. Crash Reports
2. Profiles
3. profiles
4. registry.dat
Now click on Profiles (2) and copy this to a cd or another drive. This "Profiles" list has ALL of your INBOX mail and your contacts.

Restore a backed up profile

# note the current location of the profile you want to restore.

A. Open up profiles.ini in a text editor. The file is located in the application data folder for Thunderbird:

* On Windows Vista/XP/2000, the path is %AppData%\Thunderbird\
* On Windows 95/98/Me, the path is usually C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Thunderbird\
* On Linux, the path is ~/.thunderbird/
* On Mac OS X, the path is ~/Library/Thunderbird/

B. In profiles.ini, locate the entry for the profile you've just moved. Change the "Path=" line to the new location. IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you switch from a relative path to a non-relative one, the direction of the slashes may need to change (e.g. in Windows, non-relative paths use backslashes, whereas relative ones use forward slashes).
C. Change "IsRelative=1" to "IsRelative=0".
(Of which you will find in "profiles" (NOT "Profiles") (number 3), if you click on it you will see something like:



Name=Peconet Mail backup
Path=D:\Peconet Thunderbird backup

D. Save "profiles.ini" and restart Thunderbird.

Hope this is of help to you.

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