Thunderbird email backup check- since I have to delete before restoring!
April 3, 2014 8:54 AM Subscribe
I'm returning a work laptop and want to delete a personal email profile, including all the emails. First I want to back it up. Since I can't restore anywhere first, I want to be completely certain I have something I can restore.
posted by lockedroomguy to Computers & Internet (2 answers total)
I have two profiles: default and MS. I only want to back up MS.
If I'm in Tbird in the MS profile and I look at my Tools, Account Settings, Server Settings page and get the Local Directory, and back that up, I get about 2 GB worth of files, zipped. The folder is named like a Thunderbird profile, "2r0prkjp.My Separatemail". This seems to be the right size.
If I use the MozBackup tool corresponding to the same profile I get a file of only 32 MB.
When I go to delete the profile in Thunderbird, it warns me about a particular profile being deleted in the AppsData path. (I didn't delete) If I go look at that profile in Appsdata, it's far too small to hold all my mail, about 28 MB, and it's called skaqrobp.MS
Then there's another Thunderbird profile in the AppsData path -- this one is under the Roaming folder. It's also named skaqrobp.MS
On the one hand it seems like everything points to skagrobp.MS as being correct--it's got a suffix named the same as my Profile ("MS") and it's where the documentation says the profile is. But it's far too small to hold my email. And why is there a duplicate?
On the other hand using Mozbackup should work but again the resulting file is far too small to be my email.
On the third hand I'm pretty sure I've backed up and restored before just using the directory listed under Server Settings in Thunderbird.
The documentation seems pretty clear but when I follow that I only get a relatively tiny backup file as above.