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Verifying information on moving an installation and keeping all information (Thunderbird)

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Every few years I need to replace a computer or wipe a drive to restore the original system, and every time, I end up having to reinstall Thunderbird, and track down passwords for my three main email accounts ... and it's a pain in the neck. (Especially since on my main email account, I have been allowed to keep my email, but have no other access to the site, which means I have to go through two or three people to manage to get a new passord when needed.) Things that I have tried before to simplify the process haven't worked.

Since I am about to go through the same process again (this time because I am replacing an HD with an SSD on my notebook), I figured I would check with Mozilla, to try and find out what I need.

Now if I am reading correctly, if I find out where my Thunderbird Profile is stored, and copy it, then replace the new version created when I install on the new drive with the old profile, it should let me keep all of my currently stored emails, my settings, my passwords, everything.

I just want to verify I am understanding this correctly. It would be so nice to know that what is usually one of the most difficult parts of the process would be easy, for once.

Every few years I need to replace a computer or wipe a drive to restore the original system, and every time, I end up having to reinstall Thunderbird, and track down passwords for my three main email accounts ... and it's a pain in the neck. (Especially since on my main email account, I have been allowed to keep my email, but have no other access to the site, which means I have to go through two or three people to manage to get a new passord when needed.) Things that I have tried before to simplify the process haven't worked. Since I am about to go through the same process again (this time because I am replacing an HD with an SSD on my notebook), I figured I would check with Mozilla, to try and find out what I need. Now if I am reading correctly, if I find out where my Thunderbird Profile is stored, and copy it, then replace the new version created when I install on the new drive with the old profile, it should let me keep all of my currently stored emails, my settings, my passwords, everything. I just want to verify I am understanding this correctly. It would be so nice to know that what is usually one of the most difficult parts of the process would be easy, for once.

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Copy the Thunderbird folder on the old disk while TB is closed. The default location is C:\Users\winusername\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird. AppData is hidden in File Explorer by default. On the new disk, paste the Thunderbird folder in the same location; delete the existing Thunderbird folder first if it exists. Install TB on the new disk if it isn't already. TB will read the profile(s) of the Thunderbird folder.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/moving-thunderbird-data-to-a-new-computer

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Copy the Thunderbird folder on the old disk while TB is closed. The default location is C:\Users\winusername\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird. AppData is hidden in File Explorer by default. On the new disk, paste the Thunderbird folder in the same location; delete the existing Thunderbird folder first if it exists. Install TB on the new disk if it isn't already. TB will read the profile(s) of the Thunderbird folder.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/moving-thunderbird-data-to-a-new-computer

Copy the Thunderbird folder on the old disk while TB is closed. The default location is C:\Users\''winusername''\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird. AppData is hidden in File Explorer by default. On the new disk, paste the Thunderbird folder in the same location; delete the existing Thunderbird folder first if it exists. Install TB on the new disk if it isn't already. TB will read the profile(s) of the Thunderbird folder. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/moving-thunderbird-data-to-a-new-computer
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