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! 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 18.104.22.168 (en-US) – 2009-10-23.pcv“, and paste it back into the MyDocuments folder as “Copy of Thunderbird 22.214.171.124 (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.