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?
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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
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 ?
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...