Sent emails to restore to sent folder in gmail

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I have a full backup of my gmail account with two folders in the backup namely inbox and sent.
When i resotore they are not restored to either of two inbox or sent but rather to an imap created folder of their own. Is it possible to resotre those to sent/inbox folders on gmail?
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Hello Jawad Ahmed,

I assume you worked with MailStore Home to achieve these tasks?
When you export mails to a mailbox like generic IMAP or gmail, MailStore Home therefor generates a subfolder "MailStore Export" in the destination mailbox.
This is to prevent duplicates and to distinguish which mails have been exported and which were originally stored in your actual mailbox. Depending on your provider the original folders may have different names and/or coincidently equal named ones.
You may manually move those mails from Export folders into your actual folder structure.
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Dear Rebecca, thanks for your reply.
Yes i am using MailStore Home version.

You may manually move those mails from Export folders into your actual folder structure.
This portion doesn't work on gmail. I cannot manually move thes mails to either INBOX or SENT folder.
Any clue?
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Please help me understand where you try to move mails betweeen folders. Are you using the webmail frontend (mail.google.com) or a client like Thunderbird or Outlook?
I just tested it and moving to "sent" actually doesn't work. Moving to inbox only works if the mail has no multiple labels including inbox already.
Can you pick one of those mails and check what labels are attached to it?
The problem is, that gmail works with labels on the inside, but with imap connections, it tries to convert that into actual folders.
When a mail has the label "some folder" AND "inbox", it cannot be moved to inbox since it is already in there.
Can this be true for your mails you cannot move?
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Also, in the Webmail surface, when you go to settings, Labels, you can define which Labels should be hidden. In my case "sent" was hidden, so I had no chance to move anything there manually. You may make it visible for the time you move mails.
Also, when you remove any labels from a mail besides "inbox", it appears to be in the inbox again.
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My sent label is already visible to IMAP in settings.
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I am using webmail gmail.com
The backup is in plain two folder under the email address
Inbox and sent
The uploaded/restored mails have one label only (the export label created by mailstore itself).
If i want to move it, i get only the below option as per screenshots. This is for a SENT ITEM from backup so can't i move it to SENT in gmail.com? 
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Hi Jawad,

You might want to contact gmail instead.
I cannot explain or support google specific application behaviour, since it is not our product.
I am sorry I cannot help you any further.
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Thanks for your support.
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Hi Jawad,

Norrnally , I don't address problems that go in the direction of being off-topic,
like Windows- or other application- problems , but I've run into this particular problem
recently, where you can't move mail to Sent Mail, because that option is missing.

To me it's a bug, but not recognized as such by Google.

Gmail Help forum is full of complaints about this and has been for some time..

There are a couple of work-arounds..

Try the following first -as a test - for 1 email in the (Backup) Sent folder :
For easier recognition - change the status of that email to Unread - if not already so ..
Make a note of the subject and date or as much as is needed to make it easier to find it later in a search
The reason is that the outcome of the move may be unpredictable..

1. Move the 1 chosen message to Inbox,(since Sent Mail is not an available option)
2, Make sure it's in your regular Inbox and not in the MailStore Export Inbox
3.* If successful,you'll see it in your regular Inbox, but with the Mailstore Export label.
4. Select the message, but don't open it. Remove the label.
5. Then archive the message. The result is unpredictable in your case. 
6. If it follows "the rules"  , it will end up in your regular Sent Mail folder.
    If it doesn't , it'll end up in All Mail which is less useful.....
    In that case you may as well leave it where it was.

Re 3* -If the message appears in MailStore Export Inbox, select it and remove the 
MailStore Export label. If it stays there, try and move it to Inbox (regular)
Follow up to check were it went - if neccesary use search in All Mail..
If in regular Inbox - select Archive, -as in 5 and 6 above.

Another work-around is via an email client , setup with gmail IMAP.
Export Mailstore to the email client. You'll end up with the same MailStore Export
folder in the client, with one important difference.
In the client you can drag the mail to their respective folders - Inbox and Sent mail
****Make sure you don't synchronize while doing this ***********
After completion -resume  synchronizing..
All mail will then reside on the Gmail server in their respective folders.

Interesting twist on this - Unrelated accounts- emails in the email client can 
be transfered this way to other IMAP accounts.
eg Yahoo mail to Outlook.com. or Gmail ,solong as the folder names are the same.
At least that has been my experience.

Let me know how it works out...

Peter
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Thanks Peter,

I had a similar idea last evening at home when this issue stayed in ym mind;
setting up an email client such as Thunderbird with IMAP connection to gmail.
Then use the move functions there and synchronize.
I just tested this a few minutes ago and it worked perfectly.

@Jawad
Since the actual Thunderbird version recognizes gmail-accounts pretty automatically, do you want to give it a try to work with it for the moving sessions?
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Hi Rebecca,

Thanks for the "Like"... and endorsement.
Great minds think alike, although at 76 , I could be your grandfather - lol

Since I don't necessarily follow "the beaten path"  I tried this on a Win-7-64 SP1,
with - of all things - Windows Mail (Vista Mail) ,, adapted to Win7.
Since it worked for Gmail, I tried other email providers and "drifted"  into
"across account transfer" .

Turned out that this can be an interesting and helpful procedure.

Not sure if you know,, but there are actually paid programs to transfer eg Yahoo mail to Gmail.or other providers..
Just experimenting with somewhat unlikely steps I "discovered" a better "mousetrap"

Just trying it was a natural progression at the time....

Never gave up "playing" -lol  -  Not too old yet..............
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