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Thunderbird E-mail File Merge


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#1 jfko6

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 08:56 AM

Thunderbird was playing-- Can you find the disappearing e-mail on my computer? All my e-mail files and folders suddenly disappeared; not gone completely just resided somewhere else on my computer. After fidgeting with the Account Settings I now have at least two Inbox folders with data, maybe more. Eventually, I was able to rebuild the folders and some files. But what I got back after the rebuild was mostly incomplete. E-Mails were old and folders were not all the ones I created in the past.

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Need to merge inbox.msf files and inbox.sbd files created by thunderbird into one unique file. How do you rebuild and merge an e-mail file and migrate it back into the Thunderbird e-mail client?

In other words, how do you parse two separate e-mail files belonging to Thunderbird and merge into one unique file i.e. combine them?

Which files belong to Thunderbird (.msf) or (.spd) ?

I have at least two separate e-mail (Inbox) files that Thunderbird can read but are in different places on my computer. I need to assemble one file and read it.

Assuming I have the correct file extensions, if not, please correct.

Thanks for your response. :thumbsup:

Edited by jfko6, 18 September 2008 - 08:56 AM.


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Posted 18 September 2008 - 05:12 PM

Hello there jfko6,

A while back a couple of us were working to recover missing e-mail in Thunderbird and figured out how to do it. Have a look through this topic starting at post #20: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/60551/thunderbird/ If you have any questions after going through that topic, please ask.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 02:00 PM

Orange Blossom:

Thanks for your response. It is much appreciated. As I started reading the other post I realized what to do before I actually came upon the How to part of the procedure.

I was able to get back most if not all of my previous folders.

The last thing I have to do is bring back the old e-mail. I want to get the old and new e-mail together.
I'm afraid that if I move a file with the e-mail that it might overwrite the old rather than create one new file.
I saw some evidence of this already but all is not lost.

Dropping a mail folder into the Inbox-- will it overwrite or read it as one file? Curious how that
would work since there are than essentially two different mail files.

Again, thanks for your response. :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 02:06 PM

Hello jfko6,

If a file name the folder you are moving from is the same as a folder in the folder you are moving to, then yes, the folder will be overwritten. To avoid this, before moving the folder, rename it.

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If you are moving a folder named Inbox, change the name to Inbox-2 for example. As long as the folder names are different, the folders won't be overwritten.

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