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How to Backup Thunderbird Email on Windows 7

By Ed Reckers on June 27, 2011

Backing up Mozilla Thunderbird email on Windows 7 is a simple process of archiving your Thunderbird profile. Follow these steps to backup emails for Thunderbird on Windows 7:

Step 1 Close Mozilla Thunderbird

Step 2 Viewing Hidden Files and Folders

    select Start menu
    search ?folder options? and select Folder Options
    select View tab
    select ?Show hidden files, folders, and drives
    select Apply
    select OK to close

Step 3 Locate and Archive your Profile

    select file explorer
    navigate to C:\Users\[Your Username]\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles
    locate *.profile (preceded with random 8 character set: ie. v03180j5.profile)
    zip *.profile (right click v03180j5.profile and Add to Zip)*

* You?ll need to download and install a ZIP untility such as 7-Zip

Congratulations, you have just backed up your Mozilla Thunderbird email on Windows 7. You can now take this zipped file of your Thunderbird email and safely store. Please remember to remove the ZIP file from the Profiles directory.

If there was ever a time that you need to revert or pull this archive back into your profile, you?ll just need to take the files (ONLY the files) within your *.profile and set those in a new *.profile folder that would be created after a fresh Mozilla Thunderbird install.

 

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