how to transfer thunderbird mailbox to new computer

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  • I downloaded moz back up and completed the backup. But how do I get the pvc file into the new computer? the file is too big to email it. thanks
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  • even worse. I downloaded thunderbird to the new computer, typed in my gmail info - an account I have had for two years. thunderbird says" cannot find account". Is this thing even functioning ?- at all? Do I need to establish an entirely new email system and forget thunderbird? jeesh!
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  • You can copy the profile from the old computer onto a CD, a DVD, or a Flash stick, run Tbird on the new computer to make a new profile, exit Thunderbird, then copy the content of the old profile to the new one.
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  • I tried that. will not seem to copy to dvd or cd. windows dvd maker only recognizes video and picture files, and the "back up files" program keeps failing. Is there some reason that the mozbackup will not copy to cd?
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  • okay. the copy onto cd worked on the 6th try. after I download the cd onto the new computer, where do I install it to - ie how do I get it to create the profile? will it do this automatically ? sorry to be so thick about this. not my area.
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  • This will sound a little harsh, but I think you need to get someone knowledgeable to help you out.

    We want just to copy files to a CD or DVD (as it seems you don't have a USB stick?) I'd guess that dvdmaker is intended to make a movie disk, not a data disk. Your computer will have some way to do this, but I don't know what it's called or how to use it.

    Using a CD or DVD is the hard way. You will create a file, then copy ("write") it to the CD or DVD. On the target machine, you need to get mozbackup to read the CD or DVD. The copy you get from a CD or DVD tends to be "read-only" which can create problems. Using a stick is just a drag-and-drop copy process.

    And personally, I'd do what finitarry has outlined. I'd just copy the profile from the computer to a USB stick, and from there to the new computer. But I'm not at all sure I could tell you where to find the files and how to copy them.

    I don't know why gmail has failed to set up for you. It's one email provider that TB knows about, and is one of the most forgiving in terms of the possible variations of email address.
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  • okay. thanks. (sigh). looks like I will be calling geek squad
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  • finitarry said:(around May 19th)
    "You can copy the profile from the old computer onto a CD, a DVD, or a Flash stick, run Tbird on the new computer to make a new profile, exit Thunderbird, then copy the content of the old profile to the new one."

    I've installed TBird on a new laptop, and setup an account. My question is this.
    How does one "copy the content of the old profile (currently sitting as a Thunderbird.pcv file on the Desktop) "to the new one"? There's no-where I can easily see to do that - inless it's drag and drop onto the TBird icon on the Desktop Would that work?. How did you you do it finitarry?
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  • The simplest solution if you're using Windows would be to use Mozbackup to backup the complete profile.

    Copy the *.pcv file it creates to the new PC, eg: the desktop

    Install the Mozilla application on new PC
    Install Mozbackup on the new PC, and then use Mozbackup to restore the profile.

    Don't delete anything on your old PC until you've verified you can use the moved profile.
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  • I’m frustrated and confused.
    Thanks! I've done all that - but hit a glitch that I don't seem to be able to work around.
    It's at that "and then use Mozbackup to restore the profile. " stage. The popup "Welcome to Mozbackup" - opens, and when I click "Next" I get the Operation Type field, OK so far - I select Restore a Profile and Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0.1
    and click Next
    The Select a Profile you want to Restore field opens with default in the selection field, and it's blued (=selected, I'm presuming) and the "from" shows my desktop stored *.pcv file
    The profile I WANT to restore is r0u0tie.default found by the %APPDATA% >Roaming> Thunderbird> Mail> popserver route.
    Any action I try to change, or delete the "default" that's selected doesn't have any effect. If I click "Next" there is an Error! message saying the file cannot be found.

    If I try New Profile and go through all those steps, entering the r0u0tie.default and sourcing it in Thunderbird> Mail> defaults (I think, I'm at my own computer doing this from memory) I get a warning that the file already exists. I OK that (because I know it does!) but the New Profile doesn't show up in the The Select a Profile you want to Restore field!!!
    What am I not doing right? It's getting a bit frustrating - surely it can't be this difficult?
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  • I’m Very thankful and happy
    Ah! Now maybe that's the problem. I think I'll move the *.pcv file to Documents and see if it can be found and opened from there by default......

    "Later the same day" as it says in stage drama directions:
    YES!! That was the answer.
    Many many thanks for all your input and assistance, you guys Rock!
    (And I have a Happy wife, which is never a bad thing.LOL )

    Now I can write my computer savvy friend who said "It can't be done." and let her know "Oh yes it can".
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