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Have been using Mozilla Thunderbidr for email. Have a new computer and have Mozilla Thunderbird seet up there - would like to be able to transfer old emails (kept for reference) to the new computer. Have transfered data and files via Windows Easy Transfer cable. Old computer is Windows XP - new computer is Vista.

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Thunderbird's mail files are in the standard plain text "mbox" format, which almost all mail programs can use or import.

Your mail files are inside your profile, in the Mail and (if you use IMAP) ImapMail folders.

On Windows Vista and XP, the path is usually %AppData%\\Thunderbird\\Profiles\\xxxxxxxx.default\\, where xxxxxxxx is a random string of 8 characters.
On your Windows XP computer, browse to C:\\Documents and Settings\\[User Name]\\Application Data\\Thunderbird\\Profiles\\.
On your Vista machine go to C:\\users\\[User Name]\\AppData\\Roaming\\Thunderbird\\Profiles\\.

Each mail folder (Inbox, Sent, etc.) is stored as two files — one with no extension (e.g. INBOX), which is the mail file itself (in "mbox" format), and one with an .msf extension (e.g. INBOX.msf), which is the index (Mail Summary File) to the mail file.

If you want to transfer a mail file to your new computer, simply copy the mail file (the one without the extension) into the new computer's mail folder.

If you have any more questions, just come back here and leave a comment - I'm happy to help.
Now-a-days the storage space of an email provider is so huge that you can access them using any PC with internet unless you have deleted from the server. If so transfer all emails to a separate HDD, load your new OS and transfer the data back......................sodeep
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