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« on: June 12, 2004, 01:28:14 AM »

I am trying to transfer my email "inbox" and "sent" folders from my old computer to my  new one.  I would like to be able to integrate both folders into the same folders on the new computer so that it would appear as though the emails had been received on or sent from the new computer.  The old computer is running Windows 98, the new one is running XP.  Netscape 7.1 is loaded on both and I use the Netscape SMTP email.

I have successfully transfered the folders between computers using Laplink, but cannot see how to integrate them.  Using Windows Explorer, I can locate the "inbox" and "sent" folders from the old computer, which I have saved to the hard drive of the new computer.  However, each of them has saved as a single file, containing the text and formatting commands for the emails from the old computer.  Also, neither of them has an extension.  The "inbox" and "sent" files on the new computer have an "snm" extension.

I have checked to make sure that both files are not "read only".  I also have looked at the Netscape "import" function, but it does not offer options that would allow me to import the files from where they are located on the hard drive.

At this point I am truly stuck and would greatly appreciate any help I can get.
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2004, 01:41:57 AM »

Manually rename the files without extensions in the old /mail/ directory to *.OLD such as INBOX.OLD and copy those files to the 7.1 /mail/ directory. Both apps should be completely closed when doing this operation.

Start NS 7.1 and the .OLD will show up as mailboxes. Transfer mail from those to the new mailboxes and then delete the .OLD mailboxes from within the mail application


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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2004, 08:40:49 PM »

Thanks for the reply.  I tried, but couldn't get it to work.  The problem may be that, unfortunately, I didn't think to set up a directory for the old email before transferring.  Live and learn.  Now I am having trouble identifying the new email file and distinguishing it from the old/transferred email file.  But, no matter what I do, I can't get the old/transferred email file to show up in Netscape on the new computer.  I'm now trying a new tack:  using the Outlook Express "import" function to import the old/transferred files into OE and then see if I can get Netscape to import from OE.

If you have any other ideas, I'd be very happy to hear them.  Otherwise, I will let you know whether or not this one works.

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2004, 11:27:53 PM »

One easy way is to email them to your new machine....
Create Newfolders on new pc and transfer files into them when they arrive.
You can use an outside e-mail account, then forward them back.

You might consider temporarily removing the hdd from the other pc (or laptop) and attaching it to the pc as a secondary drive then transferring that way.

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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2004, 04:36:36 PM »

Your second suggestion might be my best option.  I have "pared" my email inbox down to about 1500 entries.  Unfortunately, since these are all work-related emails, I have to keep them and dread the thought of trying to forward all of them, but will do it as a last resort.

Found another interesting problem.  The old computer (laptop) is running on Windows 98 and I upgraded Netscape to 7.1 on both laptops.  I have discovered that when I saved the inbox files on the old LT, only the pre-7.1 files actually saved.  I am assuming there is some kind of glitch between W98 and NS7.1.  In any event, the "post 7.1 upgrade" files represent a fraction of the total, so if I have to forward those, it's a manageable task.

At this point I have managed to import the pre-7.1 files into Outlook Express (on the old LT).  Later today will try to get those transferred to the new LT using your original suggestion.  Then see if I can import from OE into NS on the new computer.

I find it very strange that this is such a difficult exercise given that we have to update our hardware on a regular basis.  I'm sure there are a lot of people out there in the same boat as I am, needing to keep the old email files.

Thank you for your continuing suggestions,
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2004, 01:55:04 AM »

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Manually rename the files without extensions in the old /mail/ directory to *.OLD such as INBOX.OLD and copy those files to the 7.1 /mail/ directory. Both apps should be completely closed when doing this operation.

Start NS 7.1 and the .OLD will show up as mailboxes. Transfer mail from those to the new mailboxes and then delete the .OLD mailboxes from within the mail application


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[/This is my first post to this forum. I am grateful to find you. I have almost the identical problem detailed by the first writer. I cannot get the N "Import" mail function to work either. I will try your remedy, when you tell me where the blankety-blank folder is that contains the mailboxes. I could find them in N4.71, but I don't see them anywhere I've looked in N7.2. I did manage to transfer Bookmarks, and Address book. Those wizards worked. Also, I did make sure the folder saved on my HD was not set to "read only", but the Import Wizard still didn't pick it up. Is there a special place it must be saved in order for the Wiz to work? Thanks in advance.

Norm]
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