I make regular back-ups of "My documents" onto an external portable HDD. I have configured most programs to save files in sub-folders under My documents. In this way I need not back-up the entire HDD every time (which would take forever given Windows' file sizes these days).
Now, how do I configure Thunderbird to place my e-mail folders under My documents? Or, failing which, where on my present HDD do I find these folders - I draw a blank searching under the Mozilla Thunderbird folder...
I think it is better to configure Your backup software (if the settings are allowed to save specified folder) than to transfer the entire TB's Profile into the folder "My Documents" (even TB can do it though).
You may look to the MozBackup utility also - it allows do backup of the FF and TB profiles to the arbitrary directory (including external HDD).
Thanks for the reply! If I do configure as you suggest, do you mean to say that the "Mozilla Thunderbird" folder with subfolders under main folder "Program files" contain the actual mails and the address book, although I myself fail to see them among the many folders and files there? Is there a specific folder I can back-up for this purpose? Thanks!
TB installs in Program Files (IN Windows), but uses the data and settings set in your profile folder. This way every user account on the computer gets it's own Thunderbird. Copy and that profile folder and install it properly to another computer and it'll be right where you left off.
It's fairly straightforward to backup your profile...
Find your 'profile' folder and just copy it. If need be, you can restore TB from it. This will bring back all your emails and folders, settings and preferences and add-ons and anything else there is.
Göran Wiking, no, I don't mind backing up "Program Files\Thunderbird" - this is senseless action. The installation program itself is always available via the Internet, but, in case of failure of the OS, it is impossible to restore this backup right way(no registry keys, etc.).
The rest is kindly explained to You by Stan, thanks to him!