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Need To Move & Access Mac Thunderbird Emails On External

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I have Thunderbird Release 91.5.0 (64-bit) on a 2014 mac mini running High Sierra.

The program and emails in three profiles are on my internal hard drive. I need to move it all to my external mac hard drive to free up space. I am using the same computer.

The instructions via the link below are a bit confusing as I am not using a new computer. I would like the app to stay on my internal hard drive, but have the profiles and emails on the external hard drive so that I can continue to use them.

I copied the Thunderbird folder from the internal to the external drive. I then deleted the internal Thunderbird folder.

I then updated the profiles.ini and then restarted TB, but it does not show me the emails. It created another TB folder on the internal drive.

Here is the original profiles.ini.

[Profile0] Name=default IsRelative=1 Path=Profiles/2v60fli0.default Default=1

[General] StartWithLastProfile=1 Version=2

[Install712DAF5A23ABECDC] Default=Profiles/2v60fli1.default

Here is the updated profiles.ini

[Profile0] Name=default IsRelative=1 Path=/Volumes/ExternalMacHD/Thunderbird/Profiles/2v60fli1.default Default=1

[General] StartWithLastProfile=1 Version=2

[Install712DAF5A23ABECDC] Default=Profiles/2v60fli0.default

I am usually fairly good at doing this kind of thing, but my elevator is not making it to the top floor on this one. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.


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Good Afternoon sfhowes, Thank you so much! It worked! Appreciate your expertise. french

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Copy the profile folder to the external drive, then create a new profile from Help/Troubleshooting, about:profiles, and in the new profile window, Choose folder... and browse to the folder on the external drive.


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Good Afternoon sfhowes, Thank you so much! It worked! Appreciate your expertise. french


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