I received two questions recently from readers who wanted to back up their Thunderbird emails and email folders. Actually, both subscribers wanted to copy them so they could migrate to new PC’s. But, the "backup and restore" process is ideal for that.
Russell Bell was one of those subscribers — Russell asked about Thunderbird and had some other questions, too:
1) I want to save my emails and back them up off line and off the computer. Is their any way to download them to my computer without the time consuming copying and pasting? I am using Mozilla’s Thunderbird.
2) In reference to the above, is their another email service that more easily allows me to download my emails? Someone said Chrome may be better?
3) Is there a way to search your past tips for questions I need to answer. I suspect that you may have already addressed the above item, but how would I find it?
I wrote back to Russel to respond to his questions.
Taking them in a different order, I recommend staying with Thunderbird. It’s my email program of choice, and I don’t think that he really wants to abandon all his email history by changing to another program.
With regard to searching Terry’s Computer Tips, that’s easy. In the right-hand column, there’s a search box that searches my site. Google powers that search, so you can use all the usual Google syntax for your queries.
Finally, addressing his Thunderbird question, there are a number of ways to back up (and restore) his email folders and email messages. The Mozilla Foundation (sponsors of Mozilla Thunderbird) have instructions on the various ways here
By far, the easiest way is to use the free program Mozbackup.
I was glad that he asked, too. It had been far too long since I had used Mozbackup to back up my Firefox and Thunderbird settings.
Backing up is easy —
- start Mozbackup
- select "Backup a profile"
- select Firefox or Thunderbird, and then
- Click Next.
- Select the profile you want to back up (if there are several), and specify the directory where it should store the backup.
- Click Next.
- Answer whether you want to password-protect the backup.
- Select the detail to back up (hint: all of it that’s selectable).
- When it finishes, click the Finish button.
If you want to backup the other program, start the process over again and select that program.