No, you aren't doing something dumb. Let's see if what I say makes sense. Okay, let's try the explanation this way.
Set stage: Computer bites the dust, and you must get a new machine. You set it up, install the Thunderbird e-mail client, set up your e-mail account, and you really want to read those e-mails you backed up on your thumb drive.
Open the e-mail client, and under local folders create a folder with a distinctive name, something like aardvark maybe. Close the e-mail client. When it is completely closed, do the search for that folder you just created as you did before, but now you are going to do an additional step. In the left panel in the search window, click on "Open Containing Folder". This will open the folder the local mail folder files are stored in. Now open another window that shows the files on your thumb drive and copy the mail folders you have stored there into the folder you found on search. Reopen the Thunderbird e-mail client, and you will see the folder with your father's e-mail under local folders. You will be able to open and read the files.
I hope this makes sense.
Edited by Orange Blossom, 07 March 2007 - 01:23 AM.
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