Thursday, November 17, 2011

How to backup Thunderbird email in Windows

Backing up Thunderbird manually in Windows is very simple, all you have to do is to copy their respective profile folders to a desired location, like USB or external hard drive. Then, you’ll have a backup with all your settings and emails saved.

The difficult part is to find the profile folders. Note that they may be located in different places for different Windows versions.

On Windows XP machines the locations for your Thunderbird profiles are:
 
C:\Documents and Settings\<Windows login/user name>\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\<Profile name>\ 

Backup the contents of this folder.
To restore your email e.g. on another computer, copy the saved contents to the same folder on the new machine.

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