I have used Thunderbird for many years and my computer is dated at 5 years old. So I knew I need to upgrade.
Menawhile I noticed that I could not always send or forward existing e-mails. I thought I would lessen the burden on my e-mail account by deleting my "Sent" files that included many picture attachments. Well when I hit delete, it turns out there were over 1000 e-mails in my Sent folder. Of course that seemed to freeze my e-mail account. Later, after noticing the sent files were gone, I went to delete the 250 e-mails in my Trash folder. I thought I did so successfully but then they would reappear.
Finally, I played with the "Compact Folders" utililty and today when I opened Thunderbird e-mail account, it did not look the same. In fact, all of my e-mails but a single one in my inbox from 2009 were gone. When I went out to webmail at my internet provider I found 50 new e-mails but they never populated in Thunderbird.
Can I assume that Thunderbird crashed and I lost everything? Can I not retrieve any of those old e-mails? Thanks for any help or suggestions you might offer.
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CHAMP0Nolan, couple of things. With the folder view set to unified compact will not work (Bug).
Thunderbird stores your mail in Text files in your profile, so you could poke around in there and see if the messages you are missing as in the file at all. Compacting is designed to remove deleted messages from the file, so it is not all that hopeful, but worth a look.
Are there any NSTMP folders (leftovers from failed compacts.) at the bottom of local folders.