• How To Restore Mozilla Thunderbird Email Profile

    by Jacky • November 23, 2009 • Computer Help, Internet • 3 Comments

    Do you backup your email and email settings? Have you ever tried to transfer from one email client, like outlook, to a different email client such as Mozilla Thunderbird? Well, if you have had any of these email events or just backing up and restoring email account information, then you know something can always go not as planned.

    When trying to backup a Mozilla Thunderbird compatible email client in order to transfer the email and email settings to Thunderbird using MozBackup, something went terribly wrong in the restore process, the original Thunderbird default profile and emails were overwritten completely by the new profile! mozbackup1 Now what do to do, all of the important email settings are GONE?

    After a moment to take a deep breath, the solution was to simply restore the backup of the original Thunderbird profile from a previous MozBackup backup of the original before transferring. Remember to always backup the current version of any files before restoring or transferring any data! MozBackup creates a .pcv backup which is actually a compressed zip file. The profile data that have to be manually restored if using Windows Vista is located in folder C:\users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\, in XP profiles are located in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\. The difference in XP, is that all of the Thunderbird Profile data is in one place. Whereas, in Windows Vista, Thunderbird profile data is stored in AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\ and the profile master list is located in AppData\Local\Thunderbird\Profiles\ which we will not alter in this process.

    Now, to begin to restore the Thunderbird profile that may be corrupted or overwritten, we will copy the data from a previous backup to the Thunderbird Profile folder that has been damaged. The steps listed in the post assumes that you have a previous profile backup of good mail data! Go to the folder where your MozBackup saved a previous profile backup. In my case, MozBackup saves the backups to the “MyDocuments” folder. Copy the latest good backup , for example “Thunderbird (en-US) – 2009-10-23.pcv“, and paste it back into the MyDocuments folder as “Copy of Thunderbird (en-US) – 2009-10-23.pcv.” Rename the copy extension, .pcv to .zip so as to keep the original backup untouched, and extract the folder using your favorite zip file unzipper, an archiver like 7-Zip ,which is free. Once the folder have been extracted, copy all of the contents in the folder and paste into the Thunderbird profile folder where the damaged data is. It should completely overwrite the previous files with good data. When you open Mozilla Thunderbird, you should see your familiar email accounts and data as if they never left.

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    3 Responses to How To Restore Mozilla Thunderbird Email Profile

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    2. February 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Howdy! Quick question that’s entirely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My web site looks weird when browsing from my iphone 4. I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to resolve this issue. If you have any suggestions, please share. Cheers!

    3. Jacky
      February 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

      Thanks for your comment! There will be a post on how to improve website appearance for mobile devices shortly. Depending on your website platform, i.e. WordPress, it can be a quick adjustment to make your website mobile device friendly.

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