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How can I back up my e-mails.?

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I worry that if my computer fails, my emails will all be "lost". How can I set up my computer to automatically upload copies of all my emails from Thunderbird to my "One Drive" cloud account? Alternatively, if that's a bad idea I want to load them onto a usb stick or a CD? I cannot believe this hasn't been asked before but having searched I didn't find it anywhere.

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Thank you so much for your patience and helpful reply. I'll give it all a whirl and see how it goes.

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If POP mail account then emails are stored in your Profile folders, so are ready for backup.

If IMAP mail account, synchronize all your subscribed folders to download copies of folders into Thunderbird Profile, so ready for backup.

Then I recommend you go offline to stop further synchronising and downloading to perform manual backup or manually use the tools listed below.

Then you can either:

  1. manually backup/copy the profile folder
  2. Use MozBackup tool to copy the Profile
  3. Use addon extension 'ImportExporttools' to backup emails.

Please note that ImportExporttools can also perform a scheduled backup of all profile's files or just of mail files


Mozbackup tool:

Addon extension tool: 'ImportExportTools:

How to install an addon:

Modified by Toad-Hall

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Thank you so much for your patience and helpful reply. I'll give it all a whirl and see how it goes.