I have for years conducted an extensive E-mail correspondence using MS Outlook Express 6 on a now obsolete Windows XP SP3 computer. I now have a new Windows 8 computer (laptop) and need to move the E-mail function into the Win 8 environment. I am owner or moderator of several Internet mailing lists. The OE 6 mail system has 50 or so folders, with messages sorted automatically on arrival into the appropriate folder. There are also very extensive archives using a second "identity" within Outlook Express. Some messages have photos or other attachments I don't want to lose - indeed some of them would be near impossible to replace (correspondence about aboriginal dog types with persons now dead, and so on). The total of all this stored material is at least a couple of hundred thousand messages - the Outlook Express store is over 20 GB in size.
Questions arising, what mail client to use for the future, and how to convert all those folders and messages without losing anything.
I also have mail archives of still older systems - AOL mail, Netscape, maybe others - totalling maybe another 50,000 or so messages, that it would also be nice to be able to rescue.
The laptop has a 1 TB hard drive, and I have two 2 TB external hard drives (and would buy more at need), so I don't think storage space will be a problem.
I have some utilities for manipulating .dbx files, and for extracting their contents in .eml format, but at present my knowledge and experience don't go much beyond that. I've never used Outlook - maybe it's time I learned, because that might be one way to go forward?
Thanks for any advice!
Edited by saluqi, 08 June 2014 - 06:40 PM.