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What to do with POP3 folders after moving to IMAP server?

TB 3.1.4. I have changed from a POP account to an IMAP account (and changed hardware). No problems with setting up either and the concepts of use etc.... I was wondering how others deal with the issue of storing their old local POP3 messages in a new IMAP world. I was thinking oit would be nice if I could move all my POP3 folders into local folders of my new IMAP account (on one selected machine). I have had a play around with MozBackup which is very nice but appears to be the wrong tool for this job. How would I do this?

Any other concepts of how to handle this?

Tks,
Mark J
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  • By essence messages in a local folder are... local, this is not the case for IMAP accounts that by essence keep messages on the mail server.
    If you want to keep your old emails only local why move them to a local storage of the IMAP account ? That is useless, specially with the unified folders displaying available from TB 3.1.x

    NB: even with IMAP accounts you can use local folders to rearrange your emails
    • I just want to have access to my previous store of POP3 messages Somehow, someway. I am fishing for ideas. I am fully aware of the conceptual difference between IMAP vs POP3.
      I don't quite understand your question. I don't necessarily want to keep them local. Though they are by definition local at the moment as they are part of my old POP3 a/c. Why is it useless to have them available as local folders of an IMAP a/c (albeit on one machine). They would at least be accessible on that machine whereas now they will currently be lost when I discard my old machine. I will go and have a read about "unified folders" to see what you might be getting at here. Thanks for the reply.
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  • they are not lost as long as you transfer your profile directiry to the new computer: I change every 2 years my laptop and always transfer my old emails to my new PC without problem.
    Anyway the idea of storing your old messages on an IMAP server will make them available from any client that is true but for my experience, i used IMAP for a long time and I moved back to POP3 because I can assure myself of my saves, access is more powerful . I use POP3 with the option set to let messages for 2 weeks on the server which gives me time to access recent messages from anywhere if needed.

    If you want to move the whole content of your local folders to the IMAP server first you have to check with your mail server allow you to create new folders.
    then you can drag and drop messages from you local folders to the mail server folder you created. It will take some times of course specially if your connection is ADSL: upload traffic is much slower than download...
    Does that answer your request ?
    • OK. On transferring my profile to my new PC. I have done that. But unless I am missing something I only have access to one profile or the other. But not both at the same time. That is the crux of my problem. You talk of dragging and dropping between local and IMAP folders. I would be happy if I could do that. But they are not accessible in that way. I have my new IMAP server in oneTB profile and my old POP3 emails in a new & different profile after having imported them from MozBackup.
      I have a very flexible and powerful IMAP server which I can do most things. So no trouble in creating new folders etc...

      How do I get both old and new emails in the one profile as you suggest so I can do the dragging and dropping you suggest. I am missing something here...
      Appreciate your responses.

      Mark
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    understood... It is because of the multiple profiles: your are not obliged to keep different profiles on your PC, to get your old folders on your new PC/profile, don't copy the full old profile directory, use the explorer to go down in mail subfolder and then go to local folder or account name folder, to drag folders that you want to keep and drop them in your new profile mail/local folder. Then you don't have to worry about managing multiple profiles: all your folders are available in the same profile and you can do what you want; move these old folders to your IMAP server or keep them as is...
    • OK. All sorted now. I created a new TB profile on target machine. Imported the old POP3 profile into the new profile using MozBackup. That gives me both new and old mail on same machine albeit under two different profiles. I then just copied the relevant files (plus *.msf) into the local folders of the new profile. Now I have everything in the same profile. I can then selectively decide what I may need on my IMAP server by copying from my local files. Thank you very much for the nudges and help in getting me to a very satisfactory solution.

      Mark J
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